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 of Greater Boston is hosted by Generations Incorporated. 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 (2014-2015 school year)
Students served: 3,145
Volunteer members: 259
Hours logged: 53,259
Schools/centers served: 17
In the 2014-2015 school year:
- 86% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
- 79% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
- 97% of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students
Executive Director, Generations Incorporated