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AARP Foundation Experience Corps New York City

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 New York is hosted by the Community Service Society of New York.

Program Launch:  1996

Program Data (2014 – 2015 school year)

  • Schools served: 9
  • Students served: Approximately 934
  • Volunteer members: 86
  • Tutoring Hours: 27,397

Program Impact

In the 2014 – 2015 school year:

  • 91% of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
  • 79% of participating students showed overall reading and literacy level improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year
  • 99% of volunteer tutors reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the program

Contact

Project Director
Kemba Tamar
212-614-5499
ktamar@cssny.org

Recruitment
Lakia Jordan
Program and Volunteer Manager
212-614-5392
ljordan@cssny.org

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