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AARP Experience Corps Bay Area (San Francisco)

AARP Experience Corps Bay Area was established in San Francisco by Aspiranet* in 1998. The AARP Experience Corps program in the Bay Area recruits, trains and supports hundreds of older adults to serve as volunteer tutors and mentors to hundreds of children struggling with literacy proficiency. Focused primarily on low-income children in urban elementary schools, AARP Experience Corps trains volunteers in literacy intervention practices, with a focus on fluency, vocabulary growth, and reading comprehension, as well as how to develop a positive mentor relationship.

Volunteer members receive extensive training prior to placement in a school and benefit from Team Meetings, Literacy Academies, and additional on-site support and training from AARP Experience Corps Bay Area staff throughout the school year. Working closely with principals, teachers and children, our volunteers bring their experience and their caring to the next generation – our future.

AARP Experience Corps Bay Area recently received the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, national recognition for the support of our volunteer members and the positive impact on the children that engenders. 

*Aspiranet is a statewide organization taking collective action to support communities and families as they love and care for children. This vision is realized through over 35 programs, more than 30 years of experience, and services in six areas of expertise – Family Services, Adoption, Foster Care, Education, Afterschool programs and Community collaboration.

Program Launch: 1998

Program Data (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Students served: 1703
  • Volunteer members: 70
  • Hours logged: 17,914
  • Schools Served: 11

Program Impact

In the 2012 – 2013 school year:

  • 93% of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members in classroom assistance program, as being good or excellent in their overall quality of assistance.
  • Of the students whose overall reading skills were rated as being below grade level at the beginning of the year  31% were rated as having reached grade level by the end of the year!
  • 98% of volunteer members were satisfied with the guidance they received from AARP Experience Corps site coordinators and staff.


Director, AARP Experience Corps Bay Area
Paul Olsen
415-759-3690, ext. 7305

Director of School Relations
David Moren
415-759-3690, ext. 7315

Volunteer Recruitment
Lauren Alpert

Featured Quote

I would love to have our tutor back, if that is possible. She is one of the best tutors I have ever had. I can tell that she plans ahead for each session and really tries to get to know each child so she can be effective with her time. She really takes her job to heart.

—Teacher, Rosa Parks Elementary School

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