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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 Cleveland

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is hosted by Greater Cleveland Volunteers. The program engages adults age 50 and over to tutor students in kindergarten through third grade in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Tutors help students develop fundamental literacy skills so they can succeed in school and in life.

Volunteer tutors are trained prior to starting in the school and then throughout the school year by Literacy Specialist/Trainer. A Literacy Booster conducts peer-to-peer trainings at the schools and serves as a literacy resource to the other tutors. The students in the program benefit not only from the one-on-one academic assistance, but also from the mentoring relationship that develops between themselves and the volunteers. AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer tutors benefit from this caring relationship and from being able to share their love of reading and wider life experiences with children in need of extra support.

Program Launch: 1997

Program Data (2013-2014 school year)

  • Schools served: 14
  • Students served: 850 
  • Volunteer members: 166
  • Hours logged: 34,165
  • Classrooms served: 89

Program Impact

In the 2013-2014 school year:

  • 53% of students rated below grade level at the beginning of the year improved, one or more grade levels in reading and literacy by the end of the school year
  • 92% of teachers reported that Experience Corp tutors had a moderate or strong impact on student reading and literacy performance.
  • 91% of teachers reported that tutors had a moderate or strong impact on student academic engagement behaviors, such as concentration or participation in class.
  • 98% of tutors indicated that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.
  • 99% of tutors stated that participating in the program helped them stay physically and mentally active.


Greater Cleveland Volunteers at 216-391-9500 x119 or

Featured Quote

The AARP Experience Corps tutors are able to give the students one-on-one attention. That is something that the teachers cannot give. I have seen not only the growth of the children as it relates to their reading levels, but improvements in their socialization and relationship-building skills.

—LaVerne Hooks, Principal, Almira School, Cleveland, Ohio