Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education
Low-income Communities, Other

Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:16+

Referral: Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Celebrating its 54th year of service, Chicago Lights Tutoring provides academic support to children living in under-resourced neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Chicago.  Each year, over 400 children in 1st -12th grades are enrolled in the Tutoring Program and need an adult volunteer to encourage success through homework assistance and personal development.  At the program, students are offered dinner, arts and enrichment classes, access to a computer lab, a library, career development classes, literacy programs and the attention of a caring adult. Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm from October–May.  A typical night of tutoring consists of completing homework with your student, then participating in one or two of the following activities:  getting a book from our library to read together, working on one of our many reading and writing programs, visiting the computer lab to do research on the internet or practice typing or math skills, visiting the art room to create a masterpiece, or playing one of our fun and educational board games.

As a Tutor, you will be working with a student each week to assist with their homework, challenge them academically, and help them explore their interests. However, not only will you be helping them with their academics, but as the year continues, you and your student will form a mentor and mentee relationship that is truly unique. The relationships built and the goals accomplished at the Tutoring Program each week make a life-changing impact on Chicago’s children, our communities and us all!

Volunteers help out Monday-Thursday evenings, October through May. They may either choose one day a week to volunteer with the same student, or they can come whenever they can to work with different students. 

Great for

  • Individuals (volunteers who come on their own)
  • New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
  • Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)
  • Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.)
  • Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older)
  • Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under)

Partner Information
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, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community.

Requirements volunteers must complete to serve

  • Supply References
  • Application
  • Training Meeting < 2 hours
  • Background Check--Volunteers are required to fill out 2 background checks, one for Fourth Presbyterian Church and one for the Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Other: All new volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation before filling out an application. To RSVP for an orientation session, please visit: tutoringorientation2018.eventbrite.com

***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.*** 

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