Chicago Lights Tutoring

New Volunteer Orientation | 50th Anniversary Celebration

Chicago Lights Tutoring
dates to 1964, when a group of Fourth Church members gathered once a week to tutor children from the Cabrini-Green housing projects. The program has been operated continuously since then and has grown to serve 400 students a year.

Committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through academic and emotional support for students from low-income families, Tutoring helps these children and youth improve their academic performance, stay in school through high school graduation, prepare for higher education and meaningful careers, and expand leadership and social skills.

Children in grades one through twelve, from the Near North, West Town, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods, come to Fourth Church for weekly one-to-one tutoring sessions with volunteer tutors/mentors. Healthy meals, creative enrichment activities, computer lab access, job training opportunities, internships, scholarships, and literacy activities are key components of the program, which operates four evenings a week during the school year.

Tutoring students entering ninth grade are given opportunity to apply to be Ferguson Fellows through a program, funded by the Dana Ferguson Myers Memorial Education Fund, that provides financial assistance and other educational tools to encourage successful completion of ninth grade.

To learn how you can become a Tutoring volunteer, click here.

New Volunteer Orientation Sessions

New volunteers for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program are asked to attend one of the following orientation sessions from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room:

   Monday, September 22
   Tuesday, September 30


Fifty Years of Making a Difference

   Saturday, September 27
   2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Gratz Center

Join Chicago Lights Tutoring as we celebrate the program’s fiftieth anniversary! Refreshments will be served, noted Chicago journalist Alex Kotlowitz will speak, and you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to see how Tutoring has evolved over the years as well as hear stories of our success and about some of the amazing bonds—many still intact—that have formed through one-to-one tutoring and mentoring sessions.

Whether you’re part of a current or past student-tutor pair, a family member, volunteer, community member, or friend and supporter of Chicago Lights Tutoring, you’re invited to gather in the Gratz Center for an afternoon of memories, history, and celebration. We’re so thankful for each of the important individuals who have made fifty years of Chicago Lights Tutoring possible.

For more information, contact Alex Cornwell (312.981.3565).

Tutoring Photos

Congratulations to the 2012–2013 Ferguson Fellows | October 14, 2012

Christmas Wishes 2011 | December 2011

More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available on the the Chicago Lights website or by contacting Alex Cornwell, Director of Tutoring and Summer Day.