Chicago Lights offers an array of services through five programs.

Chicago Lights supports education and empowerment for children and youth through Tutoring, Summer Day, the Dance Academy, and the Urban Farm and for adults through the Elam Davies Social Service Center.



Chicago Lights Tutoring seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing academic and emotional support to 400 students from under-resourced communities. The program helps students improve their academic performance, stay in school through high school graduation, expand leadership and social skills, and prepares them for higher education and meaningful careers.

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Dance Academy

The Chicago Lights Dance Academy supports learning and creative self-expression through dance instruction for students who attend under-resourced, and often under-performing, schools in Chicago.

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Urban Farm

The Chicago Lights Urban Farm is dedicated to cultivating a thoughtful and engaged community of youth and adults through educational and economic opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and access to fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce.

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Social Service Center

The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center meets basic human needs while working with partner agencies to support persons on their journey toward greater stability and self-sufficiency. Rooted in the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. Elam Davies, the program has served “the least, the last, and the lonely” with dignity and respect since 1983.

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Summer Day

Chicago Lights Summer Day is a six-week program that provides a safe place for 100 first through ninth graders to learn and engage in academic classes and arts instruction each summer. At the end of the session, students present a dynamic, multicultural arts performance for the community.

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Get Involved

Whether you’re looking for a regular, weekly volunteer opportunity or something with a more flexible schedule, we have ways you can help. Whether your talent is making sandwiches, building relationships, or a green thumb, we welcome you!

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