AARP Experience Corps is hosted in New York by the Community Service Society of New York. The program engages volunteers age 55 and over in service to improve the literacy skills of elementary school students. Experience Corps volunteer members work in teams of 10 to 12 per school, providing individualized tutoring or overall classroom assistance by conducting small reading groups and working with individual children.
Program Launch: 1996
Program Data (2012 – 2013 school year)
- Schools served: 10
- Students served: Approximately 700
- Volunteer members: 95
- Hours logged: 29,583
In the 2012 – 2013 school year:
- 99 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members in the one-to-one program as being good or excellent in their overall quality of assistance.
- Of the 93 percent of students whose overall reading skills were rated as being below grade level at the beginning of the year, 63 percent were rated as having improved by the end of the year.
- 100 percent of volunteer members were satisfied with the guidance they received from AARP Experience Corps site coordinators and staff.
Program and Volunteer Manager