The Chicago Lights Tutoring Program (www.chicagolights.org) is a non-profit community outreach organization that fosters education and literacy among underprivileged children. It is sponsored by the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Each week, hundreds of students are tutored one on one by hundreds of dedicated volunteer tutors.
For the last few years, I have volunteered as a tutor each Wednesday during the school year. I have found it to be an extremely efficient and effective educational experience for these young people (and very rewarding for the tutors). One of the things I have done to help inspire my students to read is to write plays – where the student not only performs but is the star of the play. My student Jordan for example will be the chef of a great restaurant, the pilot of a Boeing 737, a news anchor on NBC, or a doctor who sees ailing patients. It has been fun and inspiring. I have attached a few examples of plays (I have marked them “Generic” as actual names of students are not used). If you have any new ideas for play topics – or tutoring, let me know!