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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 an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Cleveland is hosted by Greater Cleveland Volunteers.

Program Launch: 1997

Program Data (2014-2015 school year)

  • Schools served: 15
  • Students served: 891
  • Volunteer members: 158
  • Hours logged: 29,104
  • Classrooms served: 106

Program Impact

In the 2014-2015 school year:

  • 75% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
  • 94% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance.
  • 86% of teachers reported that tutors had a moderate or strong impact on student academic engagement behaviors, such as concentration or participation in class.
  • 95% of tutors indicated that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.
  • 98% 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 Foundation 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