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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 fwarren@aarp.org 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 and we're recruiting now. Get more information by filling out our online form or by register for one of our upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions, listed below.

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

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

When: Wednesday, July 30th, 1pm
Where: AARP Experience Corps, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference “222 North LaSalle St- July #2” or register online

When: Monday, August 4th, 1pm
Where: Hall Library, 4801 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60615
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Hall Library- August 4" or register online

When: Friday, August 8th, 1pm
Where: Bessie Coleman Library, 731 E. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Bessie Coleman Library" or register online

When: Tuesday, August 12th, 1pm
Where: Chicago Bee Branch Library, 3647 S. State, Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Bee Branch Library- August 12th" or register online

When: Thursday, August 14th, 1pm
Where: Legler Branch Library, 115 S, Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60624
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Legler Library- August 12th" or register online

When: Tuesday, August 19th, 1pm
Where: Douglass Branch Library, 3353 W. 13th Street, Chicago, IL 60623
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Douglass Library" or register online

When: Friday, August 22nd, 1pm
Where: Hall Branch Library, 4801 S. Michigan Chicago, IL 60615
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Hall Library- August 22nd" or register online

When: Wednesday, August 27th, 1pm
Where: Legler Branch Library, 115 S, Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60624
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Legler Library- August 27th" or register online

When: Friday, August 29th, 1pm
Where: Chicago Bee Branch Library, 3647 S. State, Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Bee Branch Library- August 29th" or register online

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 ecchicago@aarp.org

 

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