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AARP Foundation Experience Corps is looking for adults 50 years and older interested in tutoring K-3 students who are struggling to read.

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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Port Arthur & Beaumont

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is hosted in Port Arthur/Beaumont by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission. The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is a voluntary association of local governments that serves an area composed of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. The planning commission was established in June 1970 under authority provided by the Texas legislature in 1965. SETRPC is one of 24 regional planning councils that serve all of Texas.

Program Launch

  • Port Arthur: 1995
  • Beaumont: 2008

Program Data (2014 – 2015 school year)

  • Students served: 575
  • Volunteer members: 67
  • Hours logged: 19,313
  • Schools/centers served: 12

Program Impact

In the 2014 – 2015 school year:

  • 82% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
  • 93% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance



Stephanie Lartigue-Pearson
AARP Experience Corps Director
Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission
877-802-2200, ext. 7509

Featured Quote

Experience Corps members are a dynamic, vibrant, knowledgeable, vivacious, caring group of people. The tutoring they provided in grades K, 1 and 2 directly impacted the success that the third grade students achieved this year. DeQueen Elementary is the only school in the Port Arthur Independent School District that had 100 percent mastery on the third grade TAKS test in reading and math. These students were served the three years prior to taking the test by Experience Corps workers. It is undeniable that this illustrious group has made a direct impact on our students.

—Gladdie Fowler, principal, DeQueen Elementary School