Little Lights Urban Ministries

Little Lights Urban Ministries We are a non-profit urban ministry dedicated to expressing the love of Christ by empowering under-served children, youth, and families in Southeast Washington, DC.
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This election season join us in praying:•for a fair, safe, and peaceful election process•for non-violence and unity in c...
11/03/2020

This election season join us in praying:

•for a fair, safe, and peaceful election process
•for non-violence and unity in communities across the nation and
•for God’s love to shine through discord and extreme polarization.

"Think not only about yourself as you go to the voting booth. Vote for the greater good... for the Kingdom of God belongs to the poor." A timely word from #ccdapractitioner @PastahJ. Check out his full sermon here and go vote friends: https://youtu.be/RdJhA3Kwm38

It’s officially been 4 weeks since we’ve opened up our sites for students to access our Learning Hubs and we couldn’t be...
10/30/2020

It’s officially been 4 weeks since we’ve opened up our sites for students to access our Learning Hubs and we couldn’t be happier to provide this vital resource for students during virtual schooling in a safe environment.

Equip yourself with new knowledge in the new year. Register for the Race Literacy 101 class starting Jan. 13th to learn ...
10/29/2020
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class 2020 Cohort 4

Equip yourself with new knowledge in the new year. Register for the Race Literacy 101 class starting Jan. 13th to learn the history of racial ideology, structural racism and the implications for faith.

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-literacy-101-virtual-class-2020-cohort-4-tickets-118203577081?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_old_publish&utm_content=fullLinkOldEmail

Race Literacy 101 helps attendees to better understand the history of racial ideology and structural racism and the implications for faith.

Make a difference in a child’s life, become a mentor! The Little Lights Mentoring Program is accepting applications agai...
10/21/2020

Make a difference in a child’s life, become a mentor! The Little Lights Mentoring Program is accepting applications again, after a pause in recruitment due to Covid-19.

Our staff is doing everything they can to ensure the Mentoring Program continues to be a safe and monitored program for mentors and mentees and we’re excited to start matching mentees and mentors again!

Apply today: https://littlelights.org/programs/mentoring/

Spotty internet and a lack of laptops are just a couple of challenges students experiencing poverty face while navigatin...
10/19/2020
Learning Hubs - A New Program In Response To Virtual Schooling During COVID-19 | Little Lights

Spotty internet and a lack of laptops are just a couple of challenges students experiencing poverty face while navigating virtual learning. Little Lights recently launched Learning Hubs, a new program that safely gives students access to the resources they need during school hours. Learn more on our blog.

https://www.littlelights.org/learning-hubs-a-new-program-in-response-to-virtual-schooling-during-covid-19/

Earlier this week Little Lights launched Learning Hubs, a new program that gives students living in public housing access to our sites during school hours. By being physically present at our sites, students can access resources like high speed internet and computer devices that are necessary to part...

It is with great excitement that we announce Steve and Mary Park, as the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) 2020 recipien...
10/07/2020

It is with great excitement that we announce Steve and Mary Park, as the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) 2020 recipients of the Embrace Unity Award. Steve and Mary will be honored as the award recipients on November 21st during CKA’s Virtual Gala. It is such an honor for Steve and Mary to be recognized in this way. Congratulations!

To learn more about their award and the upcoming CKA's Virtual Gala visit: https://ckagala.org/.

Steve Park and Mary Park are the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Little Lights Urban Ministries. For over 20 years, they have been working together to share God’s love with underserved children and families in Washington, DC.

📮 Register Today: www.ckagala.org
#CouncilKA | #CKAGala2020 | #KoreanAmerican

We want to send a big thank you to All Saints Church Chevy Chase and SHARE Food Network for teaming up to provide boxes ...
10/06/2020

We want to send a big thank you to All Saints Church Chevy Chase and SHARE Food Network for teaming up to provide boxes of fresh produce and meats to families living in our neighborhood.

We also want to send a big thanks to Redemption Hill Church for donating two boxes of masks to help keep our students and families safe. We are so very thankful for the ways you all continue to support our community during these uncertain times. Thank you!

Today we’re excited to launch our newest program, Learning Hubs! Little Lights staff have converted each of our program ...
10/05/2020

Today we’re excited to launch our newest program, Learning Hubs! Little Lights staff have converted each of our program sites into safe, socially-distanced spaces where students have access to high speed internet, computers, printers, school supplies, and daily homework help from staff.

The Little Lights Mentoring Program is currently accepting applications. Our staff is doing everything they can to ensur...
10/01/2020

The Little Lights Mentoring Program is currently accepting applications. Our staff is doing everything they can to ensure the #Mentoring Program continues to be a safe and monitored program for mentors and mentees, especially during #COVID19.

Apply today: https://littlelights.org/programs/mentoring/

THIS WEEKEND: Gather with the Christian Community Development Association for The CCDA Collective, a three-day online in...
09/28/2020
CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering Event Details

THIS WEEKEND: Gather with the Christian Community Development Association for The CCDA Collective, a three-day online interactive event that will combine live-stream, on-demand, and peer-to-peer connection sessions to renew local leaders across the nation.

The 3 day virtual event will include critical conversations and masterclass sessions on these topics and more:

-Worship in the Midst of Unrest
-Healing Racialized Trauma
-Re-discipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity

Registration is available at www.CCDAcollective.org.

COVID-19 may have changed life and ministry as we know it but our need to gather as CCDA practitioners remains. We invite you to join us for, The CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering on October 1st – 3rd, 2020

09/26/2020
Little Lights 25th Anniversary Video

THANK YOU! Last night we hit our $200k matching funds goal and premiered a touching, documentary-style 25th Anniversary video to more than 150 virtual attendees!

We cannot thank our community enough for their amazing support during the Virtual Benefit and all year long!

Still want to give? You’re in luck - our match doesn't officially end until 11:59pm tonight. Give now: ll25benefit.org

09/25/2020
A Preview of Little Lights 25th Anniversary Video

Warning: Prepare to be inspired. We’re so excited to share with you a preview of Little Lights 25th Anniversary video that will premiere TONIGHT during our special 1-hour live Virtual Benefit! This is your last chance to RSVP: ll25benefit.org

09/24/2020

In 24 hours we will get to hear Phil’s story at the Little Lights Virtual Benefit! Register for the Virtual Benefit to meet Phil and to hear his inspiring story live: ll25benefit.org

09/23/2020
Our 25th Anniversary Benefit Corporate Sponsors

Our 25th Anniversary Virtual Benefit wouldn’t be nearly as special without the generosity and kindness of our corporate sponsors: SuprTEK, Neuma Consulting, The Gaskins Team, The Nellis Group, Highlands Residential Mortgage, and INCATech LLC. These businesses believe in Little Lights work so much that they have come together to help us put up $100,000 in matching funds - our biggest goal ever! We are so grateful for their invaluable and timely support, especially during this uncertain year.

Want to help us turn our $100,000 matching funds offer into $200,000? Make a one-time or monthly donation on or before Friday, September 25th and your gift will be doubled: www.ll25benefit.org

09/22/2020
Unexpected Impact - New Digital Exhibit in Little Lights 25th Anniversary Retrospective

In celebration of our 25th anniversary we bring you ‘Unexpected Impact,’ a brand NEW digital exhibit in our 25th Anniversary Retrospective that shares personal stories of neighbors, friends, and faith leaders who have all been changed in some way through their interactions with Little Lights. Watch the full video of Jordan and Jessica Mitchell’s story and more on our Virtual Benefit Hub - you just may see a familiar face: ll25benefit.org

We’re kicking off our weeklong 25th Anniversary celebration TODAY with this short, exclusive conversation with our Execu...
09/21/2020

We’re kicking off our weeklong 25th Anniversary celebration TODAY with this short, exclusive conversation with our Executive Director and Founder, Steve Park.

Head over to our Virtual Benefit Hub (www.ll25benefit.org) where you can tune into the conversation and register for our Virtual Benefit, a special 1-hour live event happening this Friday, Sept. 25th, that includes special performances, the premiere of our 25th anniversary video and more! Register now: www.ll25benefit.org

Join the Christian Community Development Association for the “CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering” as they host masterc...
09/17/2020
CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering Event Details

Join the Christian Community Development Association for the “CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering” as they host masterclasses and critical conversations centered on topics like true solidarity, reconciliation, social entrepreneurship and more! To attend the virtual Gathering from Oct 1st. to Oct. 3rd visit: https://www.ccdacollective.org/

COVID-19 may have changed life and ministry as we know it but our need to gather as CCDA practitioners remains. We invite you to join us for, The CCDA Collective: A Virtual Gathering on October 1st – 3rd, 2020

09/16/2020
Register for the Little Lights Virtual Benefit!

Little Lights is celebrating 25 years on the 25th! Be a part of Little Lights 25th anniversary celebration by registering to attend our Virtual Benefit next week on Friday, September 25th!

RSVP to attend the Live Virtual Benefit: ll25benefit.org

09/08/2020
RSVP For Little Lights' 25th Anniversary Virtual Benefit!

This year, no matter where you live, we’re bringing our 25th Anniversary Benefit right to your home! Join Little Lights in celebrating 25 years of ministry during a virtual gathering on Friday, September 25th!

We’ll premiere our 25th anniversary video, share about our COVID-19 relief and racial justice work, chat with a former student, and offer real-time updates on our biggest matchings funds to date!

Registration is required. RSVP for the virtual gathering on our Virtual Benefit Hub today: ll25benefit.org.

Many businesses, organizations and churches have all pitched in to support our community in a big way. Our deepest and h...
09/03/2020

Many businesses, organizations and churches have all pitched in to support our community in a big way. Our deepest and heartfelt thanks goes out to these partners (listed below) who’ve donated towards our COVID-19 relief work since the end of May: https://www.littlelights.org/little-lights-partners-push-our-covid-19-relief-work-forward/

The National Presbyterian Church

All Saints Church Chevy Chase

First Baptist Church of Glenarden - Willing Workers Ministry

Ballston CrossFit

CrossFit Route 7

Citizen Heights

Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Chantilly Bible Church

Chesterbrook United Methodist Church

Christ Central Presbyterian Church

Christ City Church DC

EcoMax Lighting

Incarnation Anglican

Grace Downtown

Gracepoint DMV

Holy Comforter Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church

Life Preservation Initiative

Lutheran Church of the Reformation

Open Door Presbyterian Church

Redemption Hill Church

SHARE Food Network

TriumphDC

Washington Community Fellowship

We are saddened to hear of the passing of legendary coach, John Thompson Jr. His coaching, mentorship, and lifelong comm...
09/01/2020

We are saddened to hear of the passing of legendary coach, John Thompson Jr. His coaching, mentorship, and lifelong commitment to racial and social advocacy will never be forgotten.

In 2018 Little Lights Executive Director and Founder, Steve Park, was honored with Georgetown University’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award, a memory Steve and Little Lights will cherish forever. Sending our prayers and condolences to his family, loved ones, and the Georgetown University community.

Our students are back to school and Little Lights’ program staff are doing everything they can to ensure students are fu...
08/31/2020

Our students are back to school and Little Lights’ program staff are doing everything they can to ensure students are fully equipped for the start of the all-virtual school year.

Our program staff recently helped to create a new learning space for one of our families as they adjust to virtual schooling. The space is set-up with tables, chairs, two tablets, school supplies and more!

As we head into the weekend here are a few ways you can be praying for the Little Lights community, our nation, and our ...
08/28/2020

As we head into the weekend here are a few ways you can be praying for the Little Lights community, our nation, and our world:
Pray for...

-True racial justice and healing in our nation and in the Body of Christ.

-Little Lights to keep going strong during and beyond the pandemic to continue to serve our students, families and our communities.

-Wisdom from school and government leaders on guidelines and policies in response to the ongoing pandemic.

-Families impacted by recent shootings that have taken place in DC.

We want to send a huge thanks to National Presbyterian Church, a faithful church partner, who has gone above and beyond ...
08/27/2020

We want to send a huge thanks to National Presbyterian Church, a faithful church partner, who has gone above and beyond their already generous partnership this year by financially supporting our ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts and donating groceries and supplies to our children and families over the summer.

Explore Little Lights’ work of racial reconciliation and how it came to be a foundational part of our mission. Check out...
08/26/2020

Explore Little Lights’ work of racial reconciliation and how it came to be a foundational part of our mission. Check out our latest exhibit in our 25th Anniversary Retrospective:

https://spark.adobe.com/page/ouhVc0bCCebpK/

Little Lights is honored to have been nominated and chosen as one of The 100th Home For Charity Winners by The Nellis Gr...
08/21/2020
THE NELLIS GROUP'S 100TH HOME FOR CHARITY WINNERS 2020! - The Nellis Group Blog

Little Lights is honored to have been nominated and chosen as one of The 100th Home For Charity Winners by The Nellis Group. Each year The Nellis Group donates 100% of the commission from the sale of their 100th home to charities serving the D.C. Metro Area. We are so grateful to be recognized for our work in this way and even more excited to count The Nellis Group as a first-time, Gold level sponsor at the Little Lights 25th Anniversary Benefit!

https://blog.nellisgroup.com/2020/08/19/the-nellis-groups-100th-home-for-charity-winners-2020/

The Nellis Group would like to send a very special congratulations to this year’s 100th Home for Charity winners! These three charities are all local and provide unrivaled services to our community. We would like to say THANK YOU for all that you do in service to our community, and we are so proud...

Race has always been on our mind at Little Lights. We recently released a new exhibit as a part of our 25th Anniversary ...
08/20/2020

Race has always been on our mind at Little Lights. We recently released a new exhibit as a part of our 25th Anniversary digital retrospective that explores our work of racial reconciliation and how it came to be a foundational part of our mission. Check it out: https://spark.adobe.com/page/ouhVc0bCCebpK/

There are less than 10 spots left in the Race Literacy 101 class, starting on August 20th. Delve into the history of rac...
08/06/2020
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class Summer 2020 Cohort 3

There are less than 10 spots left in the Race Literacy 101 class, starting on August 20th. Delve into the history of race and racism in our country and learn what it means to be anti-racist Grab a spot before it's too late!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-literacy-101-virtual-class-summer-2020-cohort-3-tickets-111188417550

Race Literacy 101 helps attendees to better understand the history of racial ideology and structural racism and the implications for faith.

Last week DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the upcoming school year will start online. This puts many of our studen...
08/05/2020

Last week DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the upcoming school year will start online. This puts many of our students at a disadvantage. Which is why Little Lights is working even harder to make sure students have internet, devices, meals, and virtual tutoring sessions every week. Become a monthly donor or give a one-time gift today to support vulnerable students academically and emotionally through this uncertain school year:

https://www.littlelights.org/give/

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760 7th St SE
Washington D.C., DC
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Eastern Market Metro and Potomac Avenue Metro stations.

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(202) 548-4021

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Tim M. finally getting to hear.
Good afternoon. I learned about your Race Literacy course from a friend and I would like to do something like this in person in my city. Would you guys like to share your resources or would you be willing to put the Race Relations 101 course on for a group? We want to host an in person setting while on Zoom with you. I have approximately 10 interested attendees.
I’ve been supporting Little Lights for many years because I know it’s one of the best ways I can contribute to improve the betterment of our society by educating and guiding our underprivileged children. Because of the hard work of the leaders, staffs and volunteers for the last 11 years, The Little Lights has already produced young men and women who graduated from college.
Congratulations on the Dreamers Award from Georgetown U. Well deserved.
Had a wondeful time at the Benefit tonight! The staff did a great job with the venue, the menu, the program, and the speakers. We enjoyed it tremendously. (special thanks to @Simone Gooden for the invitation)
Esta muy bien.