Black lives matter to Chicago Lights. 

Empowering Chicago’s Youth

Chicago Lights offers comprehensive programming for youth to help them unleash their potential—because all children deserve a bright future.

Our educational and creative programs connect youth with the tools they need to succeed.

Tutoring

Supporting academic
and personal growth

440+ students from under-resourced neighborhoods are paired one-to-one with caring volunteer mentors to foster students’ academic and personal growth.

Summer Day

Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment

Summer Day keeps 125 students engaged each summer through six weeks of academic, arts, and enrichment programming.

Summer Day

Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment

Summer Day keeps 125 students engaged each summer through six weeks of academic, arts, and enrichment programming.

Urban Farm

Growing food, community, and job skills

Students and young adults gain on-site job skills through urban farming—setting them up for success as they pursue fulfilling careers.

Dance Academy

Building confidence and creativity through movement

More than 1,500 students receive dance instruction at our 5 partner schools to support their academic and personal growth.

Dance Academy

Building confidence and creativity through movement

More than 1,500 students receive dance instruction at our 5 partner schools to support their academic and personal growth.

Make a difference with Chicago Lights.

Volunteers make our life-changing work possible and help our students thrive.

Volunteer

Build brighter futures. Change lives. Volunteer with Chicago Lights!

Invest in changing lives with us.

Every dollar you give goes directly toward empowering youth in need.