AARP Foundation Experience Corps in Greater New Haven is hosted by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and a proud member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network. Volunteer members work at the direction of the teacher to support student literacy and encourage academic engagement in grades K-3, tutoring students either one-on-one or in small groups. Experience Corps – Greater New Haven volunteer members also promote reading at community events by giving away (gently used) children’s books.
The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut provides advocacy, information and assistance to older adults, and sponsors programs that support and engage older individuals. With support from the United Way of Greater New Haven and Hamden Public Schools, the Agency on Aging began hosting Experience Corps - Greater New Haven in 2006. Experience Corps – Greater New Haven volunteer members serve at elementary schools in Hamden and New Haven, and at an after-school literacy tutoring program, New Haven Reads.
Program Launch: 2007
Program Details (2013 – 2014 school year)
- Number of classrooms: 112
- Volunteer members: 48
- Hours logged: 12,103
- Schools/centers served: 11
In the 2013 – 2014 school year:
- 97% of teachers rated Experience Corps volunteer members as having moderate or strong impact on student reading and literacy performance.
- 48% of Experience Corps students improved by one or more levels (from far below to below or below to on level, for example) in reading over the course of the year which demonstrates not only reading improvement but improvement at a rate indicative of catching up.
- 97% of volunteer members were satisfied with the Experience Corps program and the same percentage of volunteer members rated that participation in the program allowed them to stay physically and mentally active.