AARP Foundation Experience Corps
Experience Corps is an award winning AARP Foundation literacy program that helps struggling students become great readers.
Fourth-graders who can’t read at grade-level are four times less likely to graduate from high school; Experience Corps is focused on ensuring children can read by the end of third grade.
We use highly trained volunteers, who are 50 and over, to tutor students in kindergarten through third grade. Our work has been shown to improve the literacy rates of children, enrich the lives of our volunteers and strengthen schools in the communities we serve.
In a single school year, students who worked with Experience Corps tutors achieved 60 percent more improvement in critical literacy skills than their peers.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps has nearly 3,000 volunteers working in 22 cities where schools in lower-income districts have demonstrated a need for help meeting their state-mandated reading requirements. Each Experience Corps site operates one of three different tutoring models: one-on-one, group or classroom assistance (where volunteers work with teachers to tutor and coach during classroom activities).
Volunteers provide an average of 6-15 hours of support each week throughout the school year.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps fights a major contributor to poverty – overwhelmed public schools -- by providing older adults and children an opportunity to improve their lives through literacy and volunteering.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps is pleased to be a part of the AmeriCorps national service network as well as the winner of the 2011 Service Impact Award. Each year, AmeriCorps supports the engagement of nearly 75,000 Americans in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas.
Since 1994, nearly 500,000 AmeriCorps members have served with thousands of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based organizations nationwide. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov or call 800-942-2677.
Experience Corps Cities
- Beaumont, Texas
- Berkeley, Calif.
- Evansville, Ind.
- Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Marin County, Calif.
- New Haven, Conn.
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Experience Corps has received rave reviews from principals and policy analysts who have watched student achievement soar soon after retirees enter their schools ... I am impressed by their passionate devotion to helping children learn.