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 Greater New Haven is hosted by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and a proud member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network. 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.
Program Launch: 2007
Program Details (2014 – 2015 school year)
- Number of classrooms: 75
- Volunteer members: 36
- Tutoring hours: 9,022
- Schools/centers served: 9
In the 2014 – 2015 school year:
- 86% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong impact on student reading and literacy performance
- 73% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
- 100% of volunteer tutors reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the AARP Foundation Experience Corps program