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AARP Experience Corps Receives Grant from Target for New York and Washington, D.C. programs
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 6, 2012) – Today, AARP Experience Corps announced that its Experience Corps programs in New York and Washington, D.C. were awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of AARP Experience Corps in producing outstanding literacy results for children in grades K-3, the grant trains and places older adults who are 50 and older in high-need elementary schools in New York and Washington, D.C., where they tutor and mentor students at-risk for academic failure. The award-winning program is proven to increase students’ reading abilities and enriches the lives of older adults, children and families, and the communities in which they live.
“We are excited and honored that Target has renewed their investment in AARP Experience Corps programs in New York and Washington, D.C. The grant will allow us to provide academic support to several hundred students and engage tutors who care about their community and will lend their experience and wisdom to serve these students,” says Lester Strong, CEO of AARP Experience Corps.
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe, and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach, and parents and caring adults engage.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said
Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with AARP Experience Corps as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”
In addition to the grant received by AARP Experience Corps, Target also gives through signature programs such as:
Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.
About AARP Experience Corps
AARP Experience Corps has a track record of improving literacy among American youth. According to research from Washington University in St. Louis, students working with Experience Corps tutors gain more than a 60 percent boost in two critical literacy skills - sounding out new words and reading comprehension - over similar students not being served by Experience Corps. Additionally, 84 percent of its volunteers reported the participation has changed their lives for the better - including increased motivation, knowledge, confidence and skills. Currently, 2,000 AARP Experience Corps volunteers serve 22,000 K-3 students in schools across the country. For more information, go to www.aarp.org/experiencecorps.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,781 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.