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 encourages 440 students living in under-resourced neighborhoods to graduate from high school and pursue higher education and meaningful careers. We match each first through twelfth grader with one caring adult tutor/mentor and provide them 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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For more information about Tutoring, click here. If you would like to be a tutor or volunteer with Tutoring, please contact Fernie Tiflis.

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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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In the News

“Style Files:
Dress for a Successful Internship
with Tips from Chicago Lights Tutoring Program”

March 25, 2015 | WGN TV Midday News

Making a Difference:
Program Brings Education to Underprivileged Youth in Chicago

November 5, 2014
Harry Smith | NBC Nightly News

Off of Rough Streets, Into a Haven for Learning
October 9, 2014
Bob Greene | The Wall Street Journal

A Child’s Future Is Your Reward
September 6, 1988
Bob Greene | Chicago Tribune

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Tutoring Photos

Etiquette Dinner: Meal Time 101 | August 9, 2016

Tutoring End-of-Year Celebration | May 9–12, 2016

Business Casual Fashion Show | April 12, 2016

Tutoring Spelling Bee 2016 | April 6 and 7, 2016

Tutoring “Style Files” on WGN | April 6, 2016

Tutoring Holiday Celebrations | December 14 and 17, 2015

Tutoring College Day | November 17, 2015

Career Development Recognition Dinner | August 6, 2015

Career Development Etiquette Dinner | August 4, 2015

2014–2015 End-of-the-Year Tutoring Celebration | May 11–12, 2015

A Toast to Tutoring: Celebration Fifty Years and Our Volunteers | April 20, 2015

2015 Career Development Business Casual Fashion Show | March 30, 2015

Tutoring on WGN-TV’s “Style Files” | March 25, 2015

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More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available on the the Chicago Lights website.