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 Grand Rapids is hosted by Senior Neighbors. Senior Neighbors mission is to enhance the quality of life for seniors. Since its founding in 1972, Senior Neighbors has served seniors in Kent County, Michigan aged 60 and over. We are dedicated to helping approximately 4,000 seniors annually remain healthy and independent into their later years.
Program Launch: 2006
Program Impact (2015-2016 school year)
- Students served: 189
- Volunteers: 29
- Hours of tutoring: 7,375
- Classrooms served: 49
- 61 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half a grade level or more
- 100 percent of teachers reported that AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteers had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
- 90 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students