440+ students from under-resourced neighborhoods are paired one-to-one with caring volunteer mentors to foster students’ academic and personal growth.LEARN MORE
Xavier, 2015 Tutoring alumnus, was paired with his mentor, Liz, when he was in third grade. Twelve years later, he’s a senior at Albion College studying public policy and plans to attend law school.
Summer Day keeps 125 students engaged each summer through six weeks of academic, arts, and enrichment programming.LEARN MORE
Pierre first came to Summer Day as a shy twelve-year-old, but over the years, he gained confidence and his talent for acting began to shine through. He graduated from Millikin University with a theater degree and is now giving back to the community as co-founder of the CornerStore Chicago, connecting youth to accessible mental health resources and creative arts outlets.
Students and young adults gain on-site job skills through urban farming—setting them up for success as they pursue fulfilling careers.LEARN MORE
Marlon came to the Urban Farm after rehabilitating from a gunshot wound and was ready to make changes in his life. After working as an Assistant Grower intern at our Urban Farm, he was hired at the Stein Learning Gardens at St. Sabina, where he helps provide education and community programs for residents of the South Side Gresham neighborhood.
More than 1,500 students receive dance instruction at our 5 partner schools to support their academic and personal growth.LEARN MORE
Nita got involved with the Dance Academy after her elementary school closed and she lost the opportunity to take dance as part of her school day. She says her classes with Chicago Lights have filled that void and then some.
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