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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

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)

  • School served: 21 
  • Students served: 4,816
  • Volunteer tutors: 230
  • Tutoring hours: 57,494

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 pecent of volunteer tutors reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the program

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