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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. 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.


Help us grow in Chicago

Questions should be directed to the phone number at the bottom of this page.

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 Information: 312-660-8655, or ecchicago@aarp.org

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions- April
When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 12pm
Where: 222 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60601
What: An information session on volunteer opportunities with AARP Experience Corps
RSVP:
Call 877-926-8300 and reference "222 N. LaSalle- April"  or click here and fill out the form.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions- May
When: Friday, May 9th, 12pm
Where: Bessie Coleman Library
731 E. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60637
What:
An information session on volunteer opportunities with AARP Experience Corps.
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Bessie Coleman - May" or click here and fill out the form.

When: Wednesday, May 22nd, 12pm-1pm
Where: Logan Square Library
3030 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60647
What: An information session on volunteer opportunities with AARP Experience Corps.
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Logan Square-May" or click here and fill out the form.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions- June

When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 12pm
Where: Logan Square Library
3030 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
What:
An information session on volunteer opportunities with AARP Experience Corps.
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Logan Square Library - June" or click here and fill out the form.

When: Wednesday, June 25th, 12pm
Where: Bessie Coleman Library
731 E. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60637
What:
An information session on volunteer opportunities with AARP Experience Corps.
RSVP: Call 877-926-8300 and reference "Bessie Coleman - June" or click here and fill out the form.

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