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AARP Foundation Experience Corps is looking for adults 50 years and older interested in tutoring K-3 students who are struggling to read.

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AARP Experience Corps New York City

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

Program Impact

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.


Project Director
Kemba Tamar

Lakia Jordan
Program and Volunteer Manager

Featured Quote

For schools that are considering having an Experience Corps program in their building, I would say to other school leaders – grab them! For over the years, we have seen such growth in our students not only academically, but socially and emotionally. EC has made it possible for struggling students to catch up with their counterparts by Grade 3. It’s more than tutoring for the EC tutors, as they share, collaborate best practices, goals and performance of students with the classroom teachers. EC has been an asset to the entire PS 129 school community.

—Odelphia Pierre, Principal, PS 129