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 Impact (2015-2016 school year)
- Schools and summer tutoring centers served: 30
- Students served: 6,306
- Volunteers: 275
- Hours of tutoring: 85,694
- 55 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half of a grade level or more. 23 percent improved by one full grade level or more (e.g., from 1.5 grade levels below to 0.5 grade levels below). 16 percent were classified as on or above grade level by the end of the year
- 45 percent of students who had previous attendance issues were rated as exhibiting improvement in attendance by the end of the year
- 54 percent of students who had previously displayed disruptive behaviors were rated as exhibiting improvement by the end of the year
- 82 percent of students who had received low ratings for one or more academic engagement behaviors in the fall—such as concentration in class, motivation to learn, self-confidence, or participation in classroom activities—received a higher rating at the end of the year
- 93 percent of teachers reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
- 91 percent of teachers reported that the EC tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student academic engagement behaviors, such as confidence, concentration, or participation in class
- 88 percent of teachers reported that the EC tutors had a moderate or strong influence on providing teachers with extra time to assist students who were struggling academically
- 90 percent of teachers indicated that they were likely to request a tutor again next year
Become a Volunteer
Our highly trained volunteers ages 50 to 90 have already changed the lives of thousands of children from kindergarten to 3rd grade in schools across Philadelphia. With your help, we can do even more.
Are you 50 or older with at least a high school diploma or GED? Are you willing to undergo a background check and complete 20 to 25 hours of training? If so, we’d like to invite you to sign up for a one hour Recruitment Information Session to learn more about becoming one of our reading tutors.
2017 Recruitment Information Session Dates
Wed., June 7 Tues., July 11
Wed., June 21 Thurs, July 20
Thurs., June 29 Thurs, July 27
AARP Foundation Experience Corps Philadelphia
United Way Building, 1st Floor
1709 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Experience Corps volunteers help children in kindergarten to 3rd grade learn to read. You 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.
Contact Loraine today to sign up for a
Summer 2017 Info-session
267-592-4459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Those who decide to take the next step in the tutor application process will be asked to stay for an interview immediately following the Information Session.