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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 Experience Corps Port Arthur & Beaumont

AARP Experience Corps is hosted in Port Arthur/Beaumont is hosted by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission. AARP Experience Corps members provide one-on-one tutoring for students on a kindergarten, first, second or third grade reading level. Members also encourage parents to be involved in their child's education and provide opportunities for parents to be active in school activities. AARP Experience Corps volunteer members receive extensive training in tutoring and motivational techniques, a monthly incentive to defray any costs associated their service and the appreciation from the community, school leaders and students.

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 (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Students served: 616
  • Volunteer members: 80
  • Hours logged: 31,332
  • Schools/centers served: 12

Program Impact

In the 2012 – 2013 school year:

  • Of the 487 students pre & post tested 78 percent were rated as having improved by the end of the school year.
  • 98 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members as being good or excellent in their overall quality of assistance.


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