The AARP Foundation Experience Corps program of Greater Boston is hosted by Generations Incorporated. Generations Incorporated envisions a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter the fourth grade. Literacy is the key to academic success and can be a path out of poverty.
Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through grade three. We also provide meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.
Since 1998, our innovative partnership with AARP Foundation Experience Corps has engaged older adults to tutor and mentor children one-on-one and in small groups to improve reading skills and create mutually beneficial relationships. In September 2008, Generations Incorporated launched the AARP Foundation Experience Corps program in Revere.
Through our programs, volunteers help elementary-age children recover lost ground before reading problems affect their academic performance and limit their opportunities. Students receiving one-on-one literacy instruction through our program have improved their literacy skills by 60 percent, compared to those not receiving special instruction.
Since most of our members live in the communities we serve, relationships that are developed through our programs extend beyond the school day, as they bond with families and improve neighborhood relations. It is easy to measure literacy gains, but the intergenerational relationships are invaluable. For almost 20 years, Generations Incorporated has worked to connect older adults with the children who need them most. Today, we remain dedicated to bringing the most impactful literacy program to the children of Greater Boston, by engaging the region's fastest-growing human resource: older adults.
Program Launch: 1998
Program Data (2013-2014 school year)
Students served: 3,437
Volunteer members: 263
Hours logged: 53,575
Schools/centers served: 13
In the 2013-2014 school year:
- 92% of teachers reported that our volunteers improved their students’ reading and literacy skills.
- 92% of teachers reported that our volunteers improved their students’ participation and motivation to learn.
- 90% of teachers reported that the presence of our volunteers in the classroom gave them the extra time they needed to assist students who were struggling academically.
- 87% of teachers report that our volunteers' support moved students towards reading on grade level.
- 97% of volunteers reported that they stayed healthy and active.
- 75% of the volunteers live in the communities that they serve.
- 90% of the volunteers are over the age of 60.
Executive Director, Generations Incorporated