In the Potomac Gardens and Hopkins public housing complexes of Southeast DC, families of four live in what can only be described as deep poverty: annual income rarely exceeds $9,000. Ninety percent of children live in one-parent households, and a number have incarcerated parents. So it isn’t surprising that most children are at least one or two grade levels behind in reading and math, at a time (ages 5-13 years) when intervention is key. So Little Lights intervenes: through one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment programs, caring adults work with children to build a strong academic foundation. And they’re in it for the long haul: helping children gain leadership skills, avoid teen pregnancy and incarceration, graduate from high school, and move on to college or trade school. A host of family services ensures that parents, too, are supported: at the Family Center they receive job readiness training, computer access, parenting support (including free diapers), and more. Little Lights also employs 23 adults, nine of whom work for its landscaping microenterprise. Your generosity truly lights a light.