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AARP Experience Corps Chicago

The Challenge

In 2011, 82 percent of fourth-graders in Chicago Public Schools failed to reach the “proficient” level in reading. This represents thousands and thousands of students who are missing out on one of the most critical building blocks for long-term academic success. Often, these students require more direct intervention.

In Chicago and across the nation, there is a documented relationship between success in reading and success in life. If a child falls behind and cannot read at proficient levels by the end of 3rd grade, there are cascading events that can be detrimental for the child and therefore detrimental for communities and our society at large.

An Opportunity

AARP Experience Corps is a proven program made up of volunteers 50 and older who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before they finish the third grade.

At AARP Experience Corps, we believe every child has the right to read fluently and to reap the joys and opportunities that literacy provides. Our evidence-based tutoring program guides children in kindergarten through third grade on the path to reading proficiently and confidently.

How You Can Help

In the fall of 2013, AARP Experience Corps launched its award-winning program in a number of Chicago Public Schools, serving thousands of children who are most in need of reading support from a caring older adult.

You can help these students become strong lifelong readers by:

Making a donation. Not everyone can give a full school year to our children, but you can donate any amount to help further our mission in Chicago.

Your tax-deductible financial gift to AARP Experience Corps will help us guide the next generation of readers. Every child deserves a chance to succeed in school and in life. To contribute to the Chicago Branch, contact Freeda Warren at or 312-458-3636.

Volunteering in schools. Give a child a year of your time – you’ll get back more than you can imagine. We provide the training. Get more information by filling out our online form.

We’re looking for people who:

  • Are at least 50+ years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED minimum
  • Can complete at least 25 hours of yearly training
  • Can serve a minimum of five hours/week for the entire school year
  • Will agree to a criminal background check

Also, please tell friends who may also be interested in this wonderful opportunity to make a significant impact on the life of a child.

Contact AARP 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