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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 Bay Area (San Francisco)

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.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is hosted in the Bay Area by Aspiranet - 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 and almost 40 years of experience and services in six areas of expertise — family services, adoption, foster care, education, after-school programs and community collaboration. 

Program Launch:

Program Launch: 1998 (San Francisco)
Program Launch: 2005 (Oakland)
Program Launch: 2013 (Berkeley)

Program Data (2014-15 school year)

  • Students served: 3,224
  • Volunteer tutors: 217
  • Tutoring hours: 27,711
  • Schools served: 22

Program Impact

In the 2014-15 school year:

  • 88 percent of teacher reported that volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
  • 73 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 reporting being satisfied or very satisfied overall with the Experience Corps program


Director, AARP Experience Corps Bay Area
Paul Olsen
415-759-4222, ext. 7305

Program Manager
Jeni Johnson


Experience Corps Bay Area received the 2012 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence for its efforts to bring about positive, lasting changes in local communities. In 2013, ECBA was named Organizational Partner of the Year by the Oakland Unified School District. In 2014, ECBA volunteers in the East Bay were presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for their work providing mentorship and tutoring. With further expansion in Berkeley and in Oakland, ECBA will be providing literacy intervention to children in 11 Alameda County schools in 2014-15.

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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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