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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 DC Metro

Join Us in Guiding the Next Generation of Readers

Are you at least 50 years old and looking for what’s next in life? Children in grades K-3 need you!

Come to an information session and learn how volunteering with AARP Foundation Experience Corps® can improve literacy in elementary schools throughout the Washington, DC metro area.

Sessions will take place throughout the summer and early fall. To sign up for a session, please use the links below, email or call 877-926-8300 with your event information.

Washington, DC Information Sessions:

Information sessions will be held at AARP Headquarters located at 601 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20049. All sessions will take place in B2-130 (‘B’ building, 2nd floor, room 130).

Please remember to bring a valid photo ID and check-in with the security guard at the front desk.

The Washington, D.C., program began operating in 1999 as a signature program of Civic Ventures. For several years, the program was housed at a local nonprofit. In 2010-11, the D.C. program was suspended and later reorganized under the auspices of the AARP Experience Corps national office. The D.C. program was successfully relaunched in the fall of 2011 with 37 volunteer members tutoring and mentoring 563 students in four schools across the District. Growth plans include expansion to additional D.C. schools and beyond, into the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs.

We utilize the time, skills and experience of adults over age 50 to help students in kindergarten through third grade develop the academic skills, self-confidence and personal skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Each volunteer member commits a minimum of five hours per week for the school year. A team of eight to 20 adults is placed in each school. Volunteer members work at the direction of the teacher to support the literacy needs of students, working one-on-one, with small groups or whole classrooms.

Results from the surveys administered in 2014 indicate that teachers and Experience Corps tutors both value the program and view it as successful in fulfilling its goal to help struggling students achieve. Many of the students participating in the program are showing incremental improvements in reading, as evidenced by results from post-assessment data. Our vision is to have all the students we are working with reading on grade level by the end of third grade. The ability to move the needle towards proficiency for the majority of the children we serve reinforces our conviction that the literacy intervention being provided by our volunteer members is effective and impactful. Teachers perceive Experience Corps volunteers as important contributors to their efforts in the critical areas of reading and literacy, as well as in many of the attitudes and behaviors that support academic achievement.

Program Launch: 1999

Program Details (2013 – 2014 school year)

  • Students served: 1,538
  • Volunteer members: 109
  • Schools/centers served: 9
  • Hours logged: 27,225

Program Impact: 2013 – 2014 School Year

95 percent of teachers reported that EC tutors had a moderate or strong impact on student reading and literacy performance.Of the students whose overall reading skills were rated as being below grade level at the beginning of the year, 41 percent of these students improved in their overall reading and literacy skills by one or more rating levels by the end of the program (e.g., from “below grade level” to “on grade level”; n=158), indicating that they not only improved, but did so at an accelerated pace. 97 percent of tutors were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students.


Branch Director
Deborah Stiller

Denise Fraction

Featured Quote

When a child asks, 'Will you be my tutor again?' for the second or even third year, it is gratifying. When that child achieves measurable success in reading and general deportment, it is doubly gratifying.

—Natalie Black, DC Volunteer Member

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