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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 Minneapolis/St. Paul

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 Minneapolis/St. Paul is hosted locally by Volunteers of America – MN & WI

Program Data (2014 - 2015 school year)
Students served: 656
Volunteer tutors: 85
Tutoring hours: 18,376
Schools served: 13


Program Impact:

In the 2014-2015 school year:

  • 95% of teachers rated volunteer tutors as being good or excellent in their ability to address students’ learning needs.
  • 75% of participating students improved by one or more grade levels in reading over the course of the year which demonstrates reading improvement at a rate indicative of catching up.
  • 100% of volunteer tutors reported that the program helped them stay physically and mentally active.
  • 99% of volunteer tutors reported that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.


Program Manager: Paul Simone

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is hosted locally by Volunteers of America – MN & WI

School & Community Partners


Freedom Academy Charter School
Lucy Craft Laney Community School
Lyndale Community School
Marcy Open School
Southside Family Charter School
Whittier International School

St. Paul:

Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary School
Chelsea Heights Elementary School
CommonBond Communities
Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School
East Side Learning Center
Higher Ground Academy
Maxfield Elementary School
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet
West Side Summit

Featured Quote

When I retired, I was most looking forward to not having to rush off to work in the morning. Now I am hustling off in the morning to a first-grade classroom of high energy, sometimes emotionally needy, children with coughs, runny noses and fingers and pencils in their mouths, and I wouldn't trade it. What makes it worth it? Seeing a girl who knew only seven letters of the alphabet after a year of intensive work in kindergarten now reading a few words, eager to work and proud of her accomplishments. Seeing children who push classroom limits intently focused on reading when given some individual attention and support. If one just looked at outward behavior for brief moments, it would be easy to miss the intense desire of children to learn. I am grateful for the chance to get to know them and support this desire.

—Volunteer tutor at Maxfield Elementary (St. Paul)

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