Chicago Lights Tutoring

NBC Nightly News profile on Chicago Lights Tutoring at Fourth Presbyterian Church
An NBC Nightly News segment shines a light on the life-changing difference Chicago Lights Tutoring makes in the lives of many.


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Chicago Lights Tutoring matches 440 students with caring volunteer mentors to help them build academic and social-emotional skills, graduate from high school, and pursue meaningful careers. They are provided with innovative educational, arts, and enrichment resources that promote long-term academic and social success.

Children in grades one through twelve—mostly from Chicago’s Near North, Near West, and Austin/Lawndale neighborhoods—come to Tutoring for weekly one-to-one tutoring sessions with volunteer tutor/mentors. In addition, the program offers healthy meals, creative enrichment classes, literacy activities, career development opportunities, access to technology, high school scholarships, college preparedness, and art and digital music instruction.

Middle and high school students actively participate in our youth programs—Career Development, Career Prep, Scholarship, and Ninth-Grade Readiness—while our students in grades 1-6 participate in activities such as the Spelling Bee, Reading Rewards, and Read Alouds.

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Gifts to Support Tutoring

Chicago Lights Tutoring at Fourth Church is made possible by the contributions of supporters like you, whether through volunteering your time or by making a monetary gift online.

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More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available on the Chicago Lights website or contact Armedia Houston, Director (