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 Impact (2015-2016 school year)
- Students served: 3,321
- Volunteers: 266
- Hours of tutoring: 53,190
- Classrooms served: 141
- 65 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half a grade level or more
- 95 percent of teachers reported that AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteers had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
- 99 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students
Kathryn Klister Brown