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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 Foundation Experience Corps Philadelphia


Experience Corps Philadelphia is a proud AmeriCorps program.

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.

Program Launch: 1996

Program Details (2014 – 2015 data)

  • Schools and centers served: 24
  • Students served: 4,886
  • Volunteer tutors: 230
  • Tutoring hours: 57,564

Program Impact

In the 2014 – 2015 school year:

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

Branch Director
Catherine Mesaros

Loraine Carter

Are you 50-plus and looking for what’s next in life?

Volunteer with AARP Foundation Experience Corps. We need reading tutors for the 2016-2017 school year. Attend an information session to learn how you can change a child’s future as a volunteer tutor in Philadelphia.

Join us for a 9:30 a.m. volunteer information session:
- Friday, November 4
- Friday, November 11
- Tuesday, November 15

United Way Building, 1st Floor
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As an Experience Corps volunteer, you will help children in kindergarten through third grade learn to read. You will provide the life experience. We’ll provide the training and support along with some fun.

You must have at least a high school diploma or GED and agree to a criminal background check.

To register to attend a session, contact Loraine Carter at 267-592-4459 or