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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 Evansville

AARP Experience Corps Evansville, Ind., has been hosted by Carver Community Organization since 2008. AARP Experience Corps volunteer members 50 and older volunteer in schools, working with students in grades K-3 who are struggling with reading and literacy performance skills. Our focus is on assisting them to become proficient readers by the end of third grade. The AARP Experience Corps volunteer members work with students one-on-one or in small groups as directed by the teachers. The goal of the program is to improve children’s literacy skills, strengthen our communities and help develop cultures of inspiration in our schools. Our dedicated volunteer members impact society every day with the academic help/guidance given to students and their partnership with classroom teachers to make schools better places to learn.

Carver Community Organization has been in existence for over 65 years. It provides services from infants to seniors. It is the beacon of the community with the programs it provides, which include AARP Experience Corps Evansville, child care, after/out of school care, and senior services, including adult day services. Together, these programs touch the lives of many children, adolescents, seniors and their families through a variety of educational, recreational, social and health programs. Carver’s mission is to offer unique services within a safe environment that teaches respect for self, others and the community.

Program Launch: 2008

Program Data (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Students served: 341
  • Volunteer members: 31
  • Hours logged last year: 7,918
  • Schools/centers served: 10

Program Impact

In the 2012-2013 school year:

  • 100 percent of volunteer members were satisfied with the guidance they received from AARP Experience Corps site coordinators and staff.
  • Of the 98 percent of students whose overall reading skills were rated as being below grade level at the beginning of the year, 64 percent were rated as having improved in both fluency and reading comprehension by the end of the year.
  • By the end of the year, 97 percent students who participated in the program were expected to advance to the next grade.  


Lorinda Taylor
Director of Family Services
Carver Community Organization
812-402-3170, ext. 2102

Featured Quote

At Glenwood Leadership Academy, we value our Experience Corps volunteers. They are an integral part of our academic programming and mentoring for K-3 students. Our teachers integrate their volunteers into the classroom to assist students in the learning during the most important years of their schooling. At GLA, the volunteer relationship extends beyond the classroom with volunteers returning for school programs, eating with students at lunch, and coming back on non-volunteer days to check in with students who might be struggling. GLA is more successful in meeting students' academic needs because students know they have many adults who support their learning, not just the teacher.

—Tamara R. Skinner, Principal, Glenwood Leadership Academy