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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Bay Area

Berkeley | Daly City | Oakland | Redwood City | San Francisco | South San Francisco

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 is hosted in the Bay Area by Aspiranet - a statewide organization taking collective action to support communities and families as they love and care for children. This vision is realized through over 35 programs and almost 40 years of experience and services in six areas of expertise — family services, adoption, foster care, education, after-school programs and community collaboration.

Program Launch: 2005 (Oakland)
Program Launch: 2013 (Berkeley)
Program Launch: 2013 (Berkeley)

Program Details (2014-15 school year)

Students served: 3,224
Volunteer members: 217
Hours logged: 27,711
Schools served: 22

Program Impact
In the 2014-15 school year:

  • 88% of teacher reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence 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
  • 99% of volunteer tutors reporting being satisfied or very satisfied overall with the Experience Corps program


Director, AARP Experience Corps Bay Area
Paul Olsen
415-759-4222, ext. 7305

Program Manager
Jeni Johnson

Experience Corps Bay Area received the 2012 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence for its efforts to bring about positive, lasting changes in local communities. In 2013, ECBA was named Organizational Partner of the Year by the Oakland Unified School District. In 2014, ECBA volunteers in the East Bay were presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for their work providing mentorship and tutoring. With further expansion in Berkeley and in Oakland, ECBA will be providing literacy intervention to children in 11 Alameda County schools in 2014-15. 


AARP Experience Corps received the 2012 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence for its efforts to bring about positive, lasting changes in local communities.

Featured Quote

My year with Ms. Beverly has been amazing. She is a part of our Room 3 family. Not only does she support me by working with students’ academic goals, she is loved and respected by us all. Children need to feel safe and know that there are people who are there for them at school on a daily basis. She is definitely someone the children can depend on. Whenever Ms. Beverly enters the room, it’s like a rock star has arrived. Many children cannot contain their excitement and run up to bury her in hugs.

—Ms. Swensen, a teacher at Sankofa Academy, regarding volunteer member Beverly Tyler-Murray