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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 Bay Area (Oakland/Berkeley)

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. 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.

*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 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 Details (2013-14 school year)

Students served: 1,720
Volunteer members: 79
Hours logged: 13,271
Schools served: 9

Program Impact
In the 2013-14 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.
  • 29 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