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
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