Lighthouse Learning Center


The mission of the Lighthouse Learning Center is to provide a nurturing and creative learning environment where each child can develop to his/her potential— academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually through individual and small group tutoring from mature, caring volunteers in a friendly and safe environment where each child receives encouragement, knowledge, and support while growing in independence.


The Lighthouse Learning Center is a volunteer based tutoring program for elementary students in Salem City. Since our beginning in 2007, over 70 tutors from more than 12 different churches have volunteered at least one day a week. Tutors have had many different backgrounds: retired adults, mothers of young children, junior and high school students, recent college grads, retired teachers, and pastors. Among other commonalities, they all have a love for children and a desire to make a difference.

Academically, the program focuses on helping students strengthen reading and math skills. As a faith-based non-profit program we seek to mentor students by example and encouragement. We provide nutritious after-school snacks, follow an established daily routine, and interact with the students in both group and individual sessions.

Prior to working with the students, volunteer tutors are required to fill out an application with references and complete a background check (adults). In addition, volunteers are oriented to the mission of the program and trained to use the reading materials and available resources.

Leadership training and positions are also available for motivated high school students interested in improving job related skills and earning recommendations while serving Christ in the community.

Monday-Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m.

We are in session Monday-Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. from the end of October into May following the full day schedule of the Salem City schools.

Youth Tutors Win Community Spirit Award!
In the spring of 2011 the Youth Tutors (now known as City Lights) received the Community Spirit Award from United Way of Salem County.

Apply to volunteer
Volunteers ages 13 through adults are encouraged to schedule a visit or apply to volunteer. You can make a difference in a child’s life—one day a week for 1 ½ hours can go a long way!

We had such a busy year!  Early May was our last week of Lighthouse Learning Center- “field trip” to the Olive Street Community Garden. Planted lettuce and spread some mulch. Hoping you all join us at the garden over the summer!  Click on any photo below to open our gallery.

Apply to Volunteer! Ask for Beth Davenport at 935-2148.

Or email Beth at