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AARP Experience Corps Washington, DC

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 2011 with 37 volunteer members tutoring and mentoring 563 students in four schools across the District. Last year, we grew 50 percent, doubling our volunteer corps and outreach activities. 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 2012 indicate that teachers and AARP Experience Corps tutors both value the AARP Experience Corps 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. The AARP Experience Corps 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 AARP Experience Corps volunteer members 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 (2012 – 2013 school year)

  • Students served: 918
  • Volunteer members: 62
  • Schools/centers served: 6
  • Hours logged: 24,877

Program Impact: 2012 – 2013 School Year

  • 87.5 percent of teachers rated AARP Experience Corps volunteer members in the 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, 93 percent showed incremental improvement by the end of the year.
  • 91 percent of volunteer members were satisfied with the overall quality of training sessions provided by the AARP Experience Corps program.

How Can You Help?

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

Join us for an open house or information session and learn how volunteering with AARP Experience Corps® can improve literacy in public elementary and public charter schools throughout the Washington metro area.

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

Open Houses:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

3935 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019

http://aarp.cvent.com/d/y4qzp3

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2-3 p.m.

AARP National Office, Cafe–B Building

601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049

http://aarp.cvent.com/d/k4qzpg

 

Friday, October 3, 2014, 2-3 p.m.

AARP National Office, Cafe–B Building

601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049

http://aarp.cvent.com/d/64q26z

 

Information Sessions:

*All sessions held at the AARP Experience Corps Offices located at Market Square North, 401 9th St. NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC 20004.

May 7: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/l4q244

May 20: 2-30 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/c4q244

June 4: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/q4q2f1

June 17 2-3 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/c4q2f1

July 2: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/74q2f1

July 15: 2-3 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/24q2fq

Aug. 6: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/q4q2fz

Aug. 19: 2-3 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/s4q2f2

Sept. 3: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/m4q2fs

Sept. 16: 2-3 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/04q2fx

Oct. 1: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/x4q2fx

Oct. 14: 2-3 p.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/j4q2f3

Nov. 5: 10:30-11:30 a.m. http://aarp.cvent.com/d/l4q2fd

Contact

Branch Director
Deborah Stiller
202-434-6495
dstiller@aarp.org

Recruitment
Elizabeth Heaps
202-434-6495
dcexperiencecorps@aarp.org

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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