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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In 1 week Little Lights will be hosting our own 24-hour Giving Day! Join us in celebrating the impact we’ve made in the ...
05/06/2021
Donate Now | Little Lights Giving Day 2021 by Little Lights Urban Ministries

In 1 week Little Lights will be hosting our own 24-hour Giving Day! Join us in celebrating the impact we’ve made in the lives of our DC neighbors living in public housing - from assisting students with virtual learning to providing employment opportunities for adults. It’s all going down on Thursday, May 13th, and we’re counting on you to help us make it a big day: http://bit.ly/LLGivingDay

Today we are celebrating our impact by telling the stories of just a few of the people Little Lights has touched for the good.Little Lights is working on the frontline...

We want to shout out some of our faithful church partners who donated non-perishable food and supplies to our children a...
05/04/2021

We want to shout out some of our faithful church partners who donated non-perishable food and supplies to our children and families during the month of April. Thank you First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Passion City Church DC for your continued support of our pandemic relief efforts. We are so grateful.

We’re so happy to be re-featured on BitterSweet Monthly! Thank you for telling the stories of our 25-year work in respon...
05/03/2021

We’re so happy to be re-featured on BitterSweet Monthly! Thank you for telling the stories of our 25-year work in response to the systemic challenges our communities face. Please all go read the full piece!

Over the weekend we got a chance to celebrate the middle and high school students participating in the pilot of our coll...
04/27/2021

Over the weekend we got a chance to celebrate the middle and high school students participating in the pilot of our college and career readiness program. They have been making drastic grade improvements and some have already been accepted into their top high schools and colleges!

Join Little Lights, the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Christia...
04/23/2021
Understanding Anti-Asian American Racism Workshop: Dynamics of Exclusion and Erasure by Little Lights Urban Ministries

Join Little Lights, the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Christian Community Development Association for a virtual workshop on 5/22 as we explore the ways that Asian Americans experience racism, covering key concepts like orientalism and microaggressive trauma. Register and learn more: https://secure.givelively.org/event/little-lights-urban-ministries/understanding-anti-asian-american-racism-workshop-dynamics-of-exclusion-and-erasure.

Throughout our nation's history, anti-Asian racism has waxed and waned, with the past year seeing a resurgence of overt anti-Asian racism to historic levels. This sess...

04/22/2021
Little Lights Giving Day is May 13th!

Mark your calendar — Little Lights is hosting its very own Giving Day on Thursday, May 13th! For 24 hours we will celebrate our impact by telling the stories of people Little Lights has touched over our 25 year history. The board is putting up $30K in bonus funds for us to unlock throughout the day, so your participation will be crucial in helping us make it a big day!

Today we recognize Emancipation Day commemorating the 1862 act signed by Abraham Lincoln which abolished slavery in the ...
04/16/2021
The Act That Bought Slaves Freedom in D.C.

Today we recognize Emancipation Day commemorating the 1862 act signed by Abraham Lincoln which abolished slavery in the District of Columbia, freeing over 3,000 people eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Learn more about the history of Emancipation Day! https://youtu.be/5Uu_C8Iteu4

Before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln signs into law the Compensated Emancipation Act. Costing nearly one million dollars, the act buys freed...

Since expanding our programs to work with high school students through our new college and career readiness program, we’...
04/15/2021

Since expanding our programs to work with high school students through our new college and career readiness program, we’ve been so happy to reconnect and work with students who grew up in our programs! Lately they have been committing 6-7 days out of the week to study and improve their grades and we are so proud of them.

Since expanding our programs to work with high school students through our new college and career readiness program, we’ve been so happy to reconnect and work with students who grew up in our programs! Lately they have been committing 6-7 days out of the week to study and improve their grades and we are so proud of them.

Interested in tutoring or speaking about your career to high school students? Little Lights has recently started working...
04/09/2021

Interested in tutoring or speaking about your career to high school students? Little Lights has recently started working with high schoolers to help them prepare for college or a career, and we are in need of volunteers from all work backgrounds to help us in this endeavor. Fill out the interest form to volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbRC0Ub32oTy7eRZy77g0im9JYrG2bENISI2gjZbufQY5sKQ/viewform?gxids=7628

Interested in tutoring or speaking about your career to high school students? Little Lights has recently started working with high schoolers to help them prepare for college or a career, and we are in need of volunteers from all work backgrounds to help us in this endeavor. Fill out the interest form to volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbRC0Ub32oTy7eRZy77g0im9JYrG2bENISI2gjZbufQY5sKQ/viewform?gxids=7628

In just a few weeks our next Race Literacy 101 class begins! Starting April 22nd join us in learning about the history o...
04/08/2021
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class Cohort 5

In just a few weeks our next Race Literacy 101 class begins! Starting April 22nd join us in learning about the history of racial ideology, systemic racism, and more while exploring paths towards healing racial division. Space is filling quickly, so reserve your spot in the class today:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-literacy-101-virtual-class-cohort-5-tickets-133016322401

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

High school tutors wanted! Little Lights has recently started working with high school students to help them prepare for...
03/30/2021

High school tutors wanted! Little Lights has recently started working with high school students to help them prepare for college or a career, and we are in need of volunteers to tutor and/or speak about their careers to our high schoolers.

Our students have a wide variety of interests, so volunteers from all work backgrounds interested in helping our high school students in this way are encouraged to fill out the interest form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbRC0Ub32oTy7eRZy77g0im9JYrG2bENISI2gjZbufQY5sKQ/viewform

High school tutors wanted! Little Lights has recently started working with high school students to help them prepare for college or a career, and we are in need of volunteers to tutor and/or speak about their careers to our high schoolers.

Our students have a wide variety of interests, so volunteers from all work backgrounds interested in helping our high school students in this way are encouraged to fill out the interest form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbRC0Ub32oTy7eRZy77g0im9JYrG2bENISI2gjZbufQY5sKQ/viewform

The Race Literacy 101 class is less than a month away and seats are filling quickly! Join us as we dive into the history...
03/25/2021

The Race Literacy 101 class is less than a month away and seats are filling quickly! Join us as we dive into the history of racial ideology, systemic racism, and explore paths towards healing racial division. Reserve your spot in the class before it’s too late: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../race-literacy-101-virtual....

The Race Literacy 101 class is less than a month away and seats are filling quickly! Join us as we dive into the history of racial ideology, systemic racism, and explore paths towards healing racial division. Reserve your spot in the class before it’s too late: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../race-literacy-101-virtual....

Last week the Clean Green Team, our social enterprise, kicked off their busiest time of the year: cutting season! See ho...
03/24/2021
Clean Green Team Kicks Off Cutting Season | Little Lights

Last week the Clean Green Team, our social enterprise, kicked off their busiest time of the year: cutting season! See how they prepared to take on this busy season on our blog: https://www.littlelights.org/clean-green-team-kicks-off-cutting-season/.

  Spring is near and the Clean Green Team is ramping up for their busiest time of year: cutting season. During the cold winter months, the Clean Green Team comes together regularly for team meetings and workforce training to increase their knowledge and broaden their set of skills. At their most re...

We’ve got a new match! This past week we held a virtual match meeting with Brianna* and her new mentor, Kim*. We are loo...
03/23/2021

We’ve got a new match! This past week we held a virtual match meeting with Brianna* and her new mentor, Kim*. We are looking forward to seeing this match grow together in the coming months. Finding mentors of color has been a challenge, so we’re especially excited about being able to pair one of our students with a Black mentor.

We’ve got a new match! This past week we held a virtual match meeting with Brianna* and her new mentor, Kim*. We are looking forward to seeing this match grow together in the coming months. Finding mentors of color has been a challenge, so we’re especially excited about being able to pair one of our students with a Black mentor.

Sending a big thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for partnering with us to make Learning Hubs, our COVID-19...
03/20/2021

Sending a big thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for partnering with us to make Learning Hubs, our COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts, and our work around racial justice possible. We are so grateful for your many years of support, especially during the challenging year of 2020.

“Now is the time to stand together regardless of race or ethnicity to unite against racism and hate.” Little Lights Exec...
03/18/2021
Stop Asian Hate - A Response To The Rising Anti-Asian Violence From the Executive Director, Steve Park | Little Lights

“Now is the time to stand together regardless of race or ethnicity to unite against racism and hate.” Little Lights Executive Director and Founder, Steve Park, responds to the string of attacks at Atlanta day spas and the rising anti-Asian violence in the United States: https://www.littlelights.org/in-response-to-the-rising-anti-asian-violence-a-letter-from-the-executive-director-steve-park/

I am deeply grieved and heartbroken by the atrocity and mass shooting that occurred in Atlanta targeting Asian and Asian American women. Of the eight homicide victims, 6 were Asian and Asian American women, four of Korean descent. The massacre comes at a time when many Asian Americans are already te...

See how we responded to the two big crises of 2020 -- COVID-19 and racial injustice -- in our just-released 2020 Annual ...
03/13/2021

See how we responded to the two big crises of 2020 -- COVID-19 and racial injustice -- in our just-released 2020 Annual Report: http://bit.ly/38wr4Be.

See how we responded to the two big crises of 2020 -- COVID-19 and racial injustice -- in our just-released 2020 Annual Report: http://bit.ly/38wr4Be.

Are you looking to learn or deepen your understanding of what it means to be anti-racist? Our next Race Literacy 101 cla...
03/12/2021
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class Cohort 5

Are you looking to learn or deepen your understanding of what it means to be anti-racist? Our next Race Literacy 101 class, beginning April 22nd, can be a good place to start (or continue) your own-anti-racism journey. Reserve your spot below today!

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

Next week join DC Unity & Justice for an interactive virtual event Confronting Racism: a Biblical Foundation and Practic...
03/10/2021
Confronting Racism: a Biblical foundation and practical steps

Next week join DC Unity & Justice for an interactive virtual event Confronting Racism: a Biblical Foundation and Practical Steps with guest speaker and author, Pastor Daniel Hill!
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Cost: $10/$15; Tickets can be purchased here:bit.ly/DCUJFCONFRONT

Join us for an interactive workshop with pastor and author Daniel Hill!

Steve Park, our Executive Director & Founder, talks compassion, his philosophy on building cross-cultural relationships,...
03/04/2021
S3E1: Empowering Others Through Compassion, Relationships, & Racial Reconciliation with Steve Park

Steve Park, our Executive Director & Founder, talks compassion, his philosophy on building cross-cultural relationships, and racial reconciliation on Council of Korean Americans' podcast Korean American Perspectives.

Check out the full podcast episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVccEeZPgZ8.

Our first episode of Season Three of CKA's Korean American Perspectives podcast series features Steve Park, the Founder and Executive Director of Little Ligh...

The Clean Green Team, our social enterprise, officially kicks off their 2021 cutting season on March 15th! Are you in th...
03/03/2021

The Clean Green Team, our social enterprise, officially kicks off their 2021 cutting season on March 15th! Are you in the DC area? Consider the CGT for your lawn maintenance needs this spring! Learn more: https://www.littlelights.org/programs-all/clean-green-team/

The Clean Green Team, our social enterprise, officially kicks off their 2021 cutting season on March 15th! Are you in the DC area? Consider the CGT for your lawn maintenance needs this spring! Learn more: https://www.littlelights.org/programs-all/clean-green-team/

Love is still in the air! Before coming into Learning Hubs, a couple of our students brought a flower and Valentine’s Da...
02/17/2021

Love is still in the air! Before coming into Learning Hubs, a couple of our students brought a flower and Valentine’s Day cards to share with our staff. After a not so typical Valentine’s Day we are happy to see our students are in the spirit of giving and receiving love.

Love is still in the air! Before coming into Learning Hubs, a couple of our students brought a flower and Valentine’s Day cards to share with our staff. After a not so typical Valentine’s Day we are happy to see our students are in the spirit of giving and receiving love.

In celebration of Black History Month, our students are learning about Black historical figures all month long. With the...
02/16/2021

In celebration of Black History Month, our students are learning about Black historical figures all month long. With the help of Little Lights staff, one of our students completed a class project on Congressman John Lewis and shared his favorite fact about the late civil rights activist: “He was a Freedom Rider who fought even though he was persecuted.”

In celebration of Black History Month, our students are learning about Black historical figures all month long. With the help of Little Lights staff, one of our students completed a class project on Congressman John Lewis and shared his favorite fact about the late civil rights activist: “He was a Freedom Rider who fought even though he was persecuted.”

Are you making racial justice a focal point in the new year? Do you want to learn how to pursue genuine racial repair an...
02/03/2021
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class Cohort 5

Are you making racial justice a focal point in the new year? Do you want to learn how to pursue genuine racial repair and unity?

Then consider signing up for our next Race Literacy 101 virtual class, starting April 22nd. Dive into the history of racial ideology and systemic racism, and explore paths towards healing racial division.
Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-literacy-101-virtual-class-cohort-5-tickets-133016322401

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

We’ve made our first official mentor-mentee match of 2021! Jason and his new mentor, Paul, are our latest addition to th...
02/02/2021

We’ve made our first official mentor-mentee match of 2021! Jason and his new mentor, Paul, are our latest addition to the Little Lights Mentoring Program.

Want to become a Little Lights mentor in the new year? Learn more about the deep impact you can make in a child’s life through mentoring: http://www.littlelights.org/programs/mentoring/.

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of program participants.

We’ve made our first official mentor-mentee match of 2021! Jason and his new mentor, Paul, are our latest addition to the Little Lights Mentoring Program.

Want to become a Little Lights mentor in the new year? Learn more about the deep impact you can make in a child’s life through mentoring: http://www.littlelights.org/programs/mentoring/.

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of program participants.

We want to send a big thank you to All Saints Church Chevy Chase and SHARE Food Network for teaming up to provide boxes ...
02/01/2021

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 50 frozen turkeys to families living in our neighborhood last week. All of the boxes and turkeys were passed out within 15 minutes. We are so grateful!

We want to give a big shout out to our partner, Dress Lab, a pop-up dress store, for donating special occasion dresses t...
01/21/2021

We want to give a big shout out to our partner, Dress Lab, a pop-up dress store, for donating special occasion dresses to our students! Our students are already dreaming up all of the ways they plan to show off their brand new dresses in the new year. Thank you!

01/20/2021
NBC News

👏👏👏 The poem we all need.

FULL AMANDA GORMAN POEM:

“We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one…There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

The 22-year-old is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history: nbcnews.to/3isX8JY

Learning Hubs are back in session! Last week Little Lights staff welcomed students back to our Learning Hubs, so that th...
01/19/2021

Learning Hubs are back in session! Last week Little Lights staff welcomed students back to our Learning Hubs, so that they can continue to access the resources they need for virtual learning in the spring semester.

We also want to thank Turning the Page for encouraging our students to read at home by giving each one of them a stack of grade-level books to add to their bookshelves.

Our country’s need for racial healing is becoming more urgent by the day. Race Literacy 101, an 11- week class taught by...
01/15/2021
Race Literacy 101 Virtual Class Cohort 5

Our country’s need for racial healing is becoming more urgent by the day. Race Literacy 101, an 11- week class taught by our founder, Steve Park, dives into the history of racial ideology and systemic racism, and gives us paths towards healing racial division. Register for the next available class on April 22nd:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-literacy-101-virtual-class-cohort-5-tickets-133016322401

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

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Dear Servants of God, Greetings in Jesus Might name! I am blessed and drilled to read your wonderful and touching website which has touched my heart so much and I am feeling to work with you hand in hand to build the kingdom of God and to SET the captives free and free in Jesus name as the book of Isaiah 42:7 states! Our prayers to you as a young church down here in Eastern part of Kenya is to welcome you to feel free to come over here and hold a crusade/conference/Revival meetings and minister to us,teach, baptize us, ordain pastors and establish your work here since we are working independently without a good foundation ground of God's word. As a young church worshiping under shade! We request for your love, prayers and support to : 1.To get Tin Sheets needed to weather proof our church shade to avoid much rain hindering our church meetings. 2.To get Bibles in our local language EKEGUSII to help us grow and understand His word better as we hunger and thirst of His word brethren please. Let His will be Done brethren as you read this message and feel free to help on how He will lead you! Be blessed and please let us devote ourselves in serving Him in Truth and Spirit since we don't have any extra time left to waste! Yours in Christ Service Pastors Al and Mukiri P.O.BOX.306-60600 MAUA. Email:[email protected]/Whatsappno.+254715315221/+254742031349 Psalms 58.10-11
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.