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