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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 Experience Corps Cleveland

AARP Experience Corps is hosted by Greater Cleveland Volunteers. The program engages adults age 50-plus 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-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 Experience Corps volunteer members benefit from this caring relationship and from being able to share their love of reading and wider life experiences with children in need.

Program Launch: 1997

Program Data (2013-2014 school year)

  • Schools served: 14
  • Students served: 875   
  • Volunteer members: 170
  • Hours logged: 37,165
  • Classrooms served: 90

Program Impact

In the 2012-2013 school year:

  • Teachers Rated tutor impact on student behavior as Moderate or Strong with improvement of 71% in attendance; 76% disruptive behavior; 90% improved participation or concentration in class.
  • Teachers rated tutor impact on student reading as moderate or strong.  90% reported impact on reading and literacy performance and 91% rated tutor impact on moving student toward reading on grade level.
  • Volunteer tutors stated that tutoring expanded their social network; stayed physically and mentally active; and expanded personal learning opportunities.

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