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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 Philadelphia

Nearly 60% of all 4th graders in Philadelphia can’t read at a grade level.  You can change that statistic by sharing your time and talents.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Philadelphia is seeking local adults 50+ to lead teams of literacy volunteers or become academic mentors.  Our students are children in kindergarten through third grade who are struggling to read. 

Last year, 4,050 Philadelphia students received 54,175 hours of tutoring from 208 Experience Corps tutors. 65% of the students taking part in on-on-one tutoring showed improved academic performance, overall improvement in reading skills and 30% were able to read at grade level.

Learn more by attending one of these information sessions:

Thurs, July 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Wed., August 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Thurs., August 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
email or call 267-592-4459

Not available on these dates?  Contact Loraine Carter at 267-592-4459 about other opportunities to get information on our work in local schools. 

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Philadelphia engages the time, talent and experience of retirees and older adults to support schools in improving the reading and literacy skills of children in grades K-3. AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutors provide intensive and ongoing one-on-one instructional support in reading and literacy to over 2,000 students in over 20 schools in Philadelphia. Each year Experience Corps Philadelphia volunteer members provide nearly 100,000 hours of service to Philadelphia schools. Experience Corps tutors also establish parent outreach, creating a strong link between the tutor, student and parent/caregiver. Working in teams of seven to 10, AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides a strong and supportive community presence within each of its partner schools.

In addition to serving as tutors, AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteers also serve in a variety of other leadership program support roles, including field and site coordination and management, administrative support, fundraising, training and advocacy.

Program Launch: 1996

Program Details (2012 – 2013 data)

  • Number of students served annually: 4,050  
  • Volunteer members: 208
  • Hours logged: 54,175
  • Schools served: 17

Program Impact

In the 2012 – 2013 school year:

  • 34 percent of students who started the year below grade level in reading proficiency were rated at grade level by the end of the year.
  • 49 percent of students improved in reading and literacy performance from the beginning of the school year to the end of the year.
  • 56 percent of students showed improved classroom behavior by the end of the year.
  • 93 percent of teachers rated the impact of AARP Experience Corps volunteer members on student reading as moderate or strong. Of these:
    *77 percent reported that volunteers helped improve students’ school attendance.
    *81 percent credited volunteers with reducing students’ disruptive behavior.
    *92 percent credited volunteers with improving students’ participation and concentration.
  • 99 percent of volunteer members reported that volunteering as an Experience Corps Philadelphia tutor allowed them to stay physically and mentally active.
  • 97 percent of volunteer members reported that volunteering as an Experience Corps Philadelphia tutor gave them opportunities to expand their personal learning.
  • 94 percent of volunteer members reported that volunteering as an Experience Corps Philadelphia tutor gave them opportunities

Branch Director
Catherine Mesaros

Featured Quote

We have partnered with Philadelphia Experience Corps for more than five years so that our neediest students can participate in the Experience Corps program and achieve increased academic success and reduced truancy rates. The Experience Corps program improves the classroom learning environment and positively improves the overall school climate. Reading scores have increased with the help of this program and our struggling students desperately need this program for continued growth and support. Our teachers can immediately see the benefit they provide to our students. Our students have the opportunity to also build a positive relationship with older adults who can share their years of wisdom, knowledge and life experiences. Many of our students do not experience core family values and this program provides morals and values to students.

—Principal Donna Smith, John Wister Elementary School