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AARP Experience Corps New Haven

AARP Experience Corps in Greater New Haven is hosted by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven,  Hamden and New Haven Public Schools. The program serves students in grades K-3. Volunteer members work at the direction of the teacher to support student literacy, tutoring students two to three times a week either one-on-one or in small groups.

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. The mission of United Way of Greater New Haven is to mobilize the "caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change." United Way focuses on supporting children and youth; creating economically vibrant communities through opportunities for safe and affordable housing and employment skills; and fostering community wellness where citizens of all ages have the opportunity to be healthy, active, caring members of the community. These two organizations, together with Hamden Public Schools, began hosting Experience Corps Greater New Haven in January 2007.

Program Launch: 2007

Program Details (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Number of students: 640
  • Volunteer members: 37
  • Hours logged: 11419
  • Schools/centers served: 11

Program Impact

In the 2012 – 2013 school year:

  • 97 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members in the classroom assistance program as being good or excellent in their overall quality of assistance.
  • Forty percent of EC 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 percent of volunteer members were satisfied with the guidance they received from AARP Experience Corps coordinators and staff.


AARP Experience Corps AmeriCorps Program Manager
Sheila Greenstein
203-752-3059, ext. 2900 or

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It's really been a two-way street. I feel like I get a whole lot more than I could give out. I don't know how many times in my life I've heard a successful individual say that a neighborhood person or a teacher or a mentor said something or did something that made a change in them. You're not just working with a child today. You're making an impact that could be everlasting.

—Que Payne, Experience Corps member

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