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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 Marin

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 Marin is hosted by Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services Inc. (NCPHS), a not-for-profit corporation committed to serving older adults and promoting their quality of life. NCPHS operates seven housing communities and five community service programs, including AARP Foundation Experience Corps Marin.

Program Launch: 2007

Program Data (2014-2015 school year)

  • Students served: 1,650
  • Volunteer members: 104
  • Tutoring hours: 9,044
  • Schools served: 8

Program Impact

In the 2014-2015 school year:

  • 98 percent of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
  • 94 percent of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student academic engagement behaviors, such as concentration or participation in class
  • 96 percent of volunteers reported that they had an increased sense of purpose in life as a result of tutoring with AARP Foundation Experience Corps Marincommunity as a result of tutoring with Experience Corps Marin


Program Director
Judy Kramer
Experience Corps Marin

Featured Quote

The wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm that our Experience Corps volunteers have brought to our school is simply amazing. Not only do they help our students academically, they genuinely care about each child. The students know that they have someone on their side, which will help them navigate their learning. We are very lucky to have them at Coleman Elementary School and look forward to a future working together for the benefit of our students.

—Renee Stender, teacher