Chicago Lights

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In 2004, Chicago Lights was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community outreach organization that reflects and expands Fourth Church’s historic commitment to serve the city and our urban neighbors. It is the successor to the first nonprofit organization of Fourth Church, which was Partners in Education, founded in 1991.

Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, it empowers people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community.

Embodying the commitment of Fourth Church to seek justice and compassionately serve our neighbors in need, this nonprofit community outreach organization reflects God’s inclusive love and honors the dignity and potential of all.  

Chicago Lights annually serves 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious traditions through its six signature programs, described below.

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Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools (CLASS) supports learning and creative self-expression by providing arts education in dance and drama in four public elementary schools in Chicago.

Free Write Jail Arts

Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy at the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School provides the only one-to-one literacy tutoring available to more than 150 youth incarcerated in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Social Service Center

The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center helps meet the basic human needs of food, clothing, and a caring community for more than 1,600 adults annually who are hungry, homeless, or in transition.

Summer Day

Chicago Lights Summer Day provides a safe place to learn and engage in academic classes and arts activities for 100 first through eighth graders for six weeks each summer.


Chicago Lights Tutoring seeks to break the cycle of poverty through academic and emotional support for more than 400 students from low-income families.

Urban Farm

The Chicago Lights Urban Farm empowers youth and community residents in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood to have increased economic opportunities through access to organic produce, nutrition education, workforce training, and microenterprise development. 

For more information about Chicago Lights, visit the Chicago Lights website or contact Stacy Jackson (312.981.3562), Executive Director of Chicago Lights.