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.
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 learn to read fluently and to reap the joys and opportunities that literacy provides. Our evidence-based tutoring and mentoring 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 will launch its award-winning program in 25 Chicago public schools, serving 6,000 children who are most in need of reading support from a caring older adult.
You can help these students become strong lifelong readers by:
Volunteering in schools. Give a child a year of your time — you’ll get back more than you can imagine. You need only have a high school diploma or GED and an ability to commit at least four hours per week during the school year. We provide the training and we're recruiting now. Get more information by filling out our online form.
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.
Help us launch in Chicago
Join us for an informational meeting to learn about AARP Experience Corps and to discuss how we can build stronger neighborhoods together.
Just use the links below to register. You can also call 877-926-8300 and reference the desired Event Code to register.
Also, don’t forget to bring a friend who may also be interested in this wonderful opportunity to make a significant impact in the life of a child.
- May 20 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Hegewisch Branch Library, 3048 E. 130th Street. Event Code: H7N6C43JSSH Register Now
- May 20 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Vodak - East Side Branch Library, 3710 E 106th Street. Event Code: V3N92GK6D4G Register Now
- May 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 am: Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th Street. Event Code: MSNGX375MLY Register Now
- May 21 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Mount Greenwood Branch Library, 11010 S Kedzie. Event Code: LLNKG4YSD3S Register Now
- May 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: West Belmont Branch Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue. Event Code: KPNW638Q672 Register Now
- May 23 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Merlo Branch Library, 644 W. Belmont Avenue. Event Code: Z6NF22XHQ9L Register Now
- May 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Manning Branch Library, 6 S. Hoyne Register Now Event Code: LBNKBPV4MBH Register Now
- May 28 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Daley - Bridgeport Branch Library, 3400 S. Halsted Street. Event Code: JTNMR54R536 Register Now
- June 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 am: Garfield Ridge Branch Library, 6348 S. Archer Avenue. Event Code: JVNXRG6L2C2 Register Now
- June 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Toman Branch Library, 2708 S. Pulaski Road. Event Code: MWN23JXNW3G Register Now
- June 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: W Chicago Ave Branch Library, 4856 W. Chicago Avenue. Event Code: D9NS7VF53V9 Register Now
- June 12 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Hall Branch Library, 4801 S. Michigan Avenue. Event Code: FMNQ7G3RQZ7 Register Now
- June 13 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Coleman Branch Library, 731 E. 63rd Street. Event Code: HJNDL7F2P9R Register Now
- June 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library, 1000 E. 73rd Street. Event Code: HHN69QP78C6 Register Now
- June 18th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: W Englewood Branch Library, 1745 W. 63rd Street. Event Code: XNNYZ5NJ9L9 Register Now
- July 11 from 10:30 – 11:30 am: Bucktown/Wicker Park Branch Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Event Code: NJNR3DFKKLJ Register Now
- July 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: McKinley Park Branch Library, 1915 W. 35th Street. Event Code: NZNXP7JS4HJ Register Now
- July 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 am: Chicago Room, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Fourth Floor. Event Code: M7NJNVVCBJC Register Now