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 Foundation Experience Corps volunteer member commits 5 to 15 hours per week for the school year. A team of 6 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 (2013-2014 school year)
- Students served: 7,716
- Volunteer members: 343
- Hours logged: 154,702
- Schools and centers served: 31
In the 2013-2014 school year:
- 95 percent of teachers rated AARP Foundation 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 Foundation Experience Corps site coordinators and staff
- 93 percent of teachers rated AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer members as being good or excellent in their ability to address student learning needs