This innovative, high-impact, evidence-based program utilizes the time, skills and experience of adults 50 years and older not only to benefit their own health and well-being but also to help improve educational outcomes for elementary school-age children. The program provides academic tutoring and mentoring for students in grades K-3.
Each extensively trained AARP Experience Corps member commits five to 15 hours per week for the school year. A team of six to 20 adults is placed in each school, with each team member working in a single classroom. The volunteer members work at the direction of the teacher to support students.
Program Launch: 1998
Program Data (2011-2012 school year)
Students served: 6,000
Volunteer members: 290
Hours logged: 159,000
Schools and centers served: 22
In the 2011-2012 school year:
- 95 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members as being good or excellent in their overall quality of assistance
- 95 percent of volunteer members were satisfied with the guidance they received from AARP Experience Corps site coordinators and staff
- 91 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members as being good or excellent in their ability to address student learning needs