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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 Chicago

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.


Program Launch: 2013

Program Data (2014-2015 school year)
Students served: 554
Volunteer tutors: 91
Tutoring hours: 11,410
Schools/centers served: 10

Program Impact

In the 2014-2015 school year:

  • 98% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
  • 84% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
  • 94% of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students

Contact AARP Foundation Experience Corps: 312-660-8655 or

Featured Quote

AARP Experience Corps is a Triple-Win Scenario; it’s a win for older adults who become role models for future generations - they can participate in meaningful service in their own community while joining a worthwhile social activity with peers, and gain a boost of both physical and mental health.

—Merri Dee, AARP Illinois State President