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AARP Experience Corps Bay Area (Oakland/Berkeley)

AARP Experience Corps Bay Area was established in San Francisco by Aspiranet* in 1998, expanding to Oakland in 2005 and Berkeley in 2013. The AARP Experience Corps program in the Bay Area recruits, trains and supports hundreds of older adults to serve as volunteer tutors and mentors to thousands of children struggling with literacy proficiency. Focused primarily on low-income children in urban elementary schools, AARP Experience Corps trains volunteers in literacy intervention practices, with a focus on fluency, vocabulary growth and reading comprehension, as well as how to develop a positive mentor relationship.

Volunteer members receive extensive training prior to placement in a school and benefit from team meetings, Literacy Academies, and additional on-site support and training from AARP Experience Corps Bay Area staff throughout the school year. Working closely with principals, teachers and children, our volunteers bring their experience and their caring to the next generation — our future.

AARP Experience Corps Bay Area received the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence in 2012. gaining national recognition for the support of our volunteer members and the positive impact on the children that engenders. With the expansion into Berkeley, and to additional schools in Oakland, ECBA will be providing literacy intervention to children in 9 Alameda County schools in 2013-14.

*Aspiranet is 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, more than 30 years of experience and services in six areas of expertise — family services, adoption, foster care, education, afterschool programs and community collaboration.

Program Launch: 2005 (Oakland)

Program Launch: 2013 (Berkeley)

Program Details (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Students served:  1173
  • Volunteer members: 77
  • Hours logged: 11,683
  • Schools served: 6

Program Impact

In the 2012-2013 school year:

  • 95 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.
  • 33 percent of students whose overall reading skills were rated as being below grade level at the beginning of the year were reading at grade level by the end of the year after working with an ECBA tutor.
  • 96 percent of volunteer members were highly satisfied with the Experience Corps program overall.


Director, AARP Experience Corps Bay Area
Paul Olsen
415-759-3690, ext. 7305

Director of School Relations
David Moren
415-759-3690, ext. 7315

Volunteer Recruitment
Lauren Alpert


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