Become a Chicago Lights Tutor and do life-changing work!
Chicago Lights Tutoring supports the academic and personal growth of 440 students a year.
I wouldn’t be here without my mentor Liz’s love and support.
Xavier, 2015 Tutoring alumnus, was paired with his mentor, Liz, when he was in third grade. He is now on the Chicago Lights Associates Board.
The future is bright. At Chicago Lights Tutoring, students are matched one-to-one with caring adult mentors. These relationships, combined with innovative educational and enrichment resources, mindful practices, and career development, help prepare students for higher education and future jobs.
We believe in wrap-around care for students, which is why each night our Tutoring program begins with a healthy dinner made on site, followed by enrichment classes. Students explore art, dance, yoga, digital music, or Peace Club, which uses mindfulness, meditation, and labyrinths to encourage peaceful expression.
Literacy is a vital part of human connection and understanding. That’s why our Tutoring program incorporates a comprehensive literacy curriculum, including an innovative Reading Clinic that provides individualized attention from our Reading Specialist.
High school students get a head start on career planning through our eight-month Career Development program. Through hands-on activities led by community business leaders, students explore future career paths and learn the basics of resume writing, interviewing, workplace etiquette, and financial literacy. Learn more.
High school students in our Career Development program put their knowledge into action through summer internships. Not all students have access to job resources—but our internships change that. In partnership with local businesses, internships provide invaluable professional skills, boost resumes, and offer summer income for students. Learn more.
Transitioning from middle school to high school can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer scholarships for 20 high school students to attend Chicago-area private and parochial high schools, many with graduation rates near 100%. Learn more.
Chicago Lights Tutoring begins October 3, 2022.
Tutoring for the 2022-2023 school year kicks off Monday, October 3rd! Students and their tutors meet in-person or virtually, one evening a week, from October through May. Tutoring follows the Chicago Public School’s vacation and holiday schedule.
Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays
Free Transportation: 4:30 p.m. (Near North, West, and South)
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. (Hot, Nutritious Meal)
Enrichment Classes: 5:30 p.m.
One-to-One Tutoring: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Tutoring is being held In-Person on-site at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Gratz Center: 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL.
Virtual Tutoring will be held on Zoom.
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