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Volunteer service, such as tutoring children, can help older adults delay or reverse declining brain function, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Volunteering Improves Brain Function, Dec. 14, 2009
It seemed to make sense that volunteering and being engaged would help brain function, but now there is some solid research to back up what is common sense. A study out of John Hopkins University showed that brain aging can be slowed or reversed through a program that pairs seniors with children to tutor them in reading and math.

Tapping Into a New Resource
Temple University, June 23, 2009
Experience Corps' director appointed to governor's civic engagement committee

What I've Learned as a Tutor
The Mission Local, June 16, 2009
This is my second year as an Experience Corps volunteer. Last year, I worked with a fourth-grader named Amy, first one-on-one and then in a small group. She had been going to school in Mexico for the previous two years so was very behind in English language skills.

Experts Reveal Best Way to Save an Aging Brain, June 10, 2009
The Experience Corps trial, in which older men and women volunteer to teach reading skills to kindergarten through third-graders in Baltimore city schools, show that people who volunteer show beneficial changes in their brains similar to those that other research teams have seen with exercise. And just how much exercise is needed? Not much, according to Carlson, who notes that studies have shown benefits for older people who walked a total of 90 minutes a week.

With Kids, It Turns Out Experience Does Count
The Oregonian, June 10, 2009
"You do an intervention with a second-grader, you're changing direction on a speedboat," Experience Corps quotes Harvard School of Education professor Catherine Snow, "but when you do an intervention with a fifth-grader, you're changing direction on an oil tanker."

Tutoring Program Brings Youth and Seniors Together
San Francisco Bay View , June 8, 2009
In the Bay Area, more than 200 Experience Corps members spend anywhere from two to 15 hours a week mentoring and tutoring children.

Experience Corps: Tutoring That Works
The Washington Post, June 5, 2009
The results are remarkable. Over a single school year, students with Experience Corps tutors made more than 60 percent more progress in learning two particular reading skills — sounding out new words and reading comprehension — than similar students not served by the program.

Retirees Help Students to Thrive
ABC News, May 28, 2009
"It's helping me with stuff I need help on, and that can help me in the long run to go to college and stuff," said student Alfred Hollins.

Portland-area Schools Recruit Retirees to Help in Class
The Oregonian, May 18, 2009
Portland was one of the first cities in the nation to launch the Experience Corps program, in 1995. The recently signed Edward Kennedy Serve America Act will improve incentives for mentors in the program and increase the length of time that some mentors can receive federally funded stipends for their work.

Hamden Retirees Put Experience to Work
The New Haven Register, May 11, 2009
Experience Corps has 2,000 tutors helping 20,000 students in 23 U.S. cities, with Hamden elementary schools the only ones participating in Connecticut

Experience Corps CEO on WGBH's Greater Boston
WGBH, April 30, 2009
Lester Strong discusses Experience Corps on Boston's public television news program.

Volunteers Open Young Eyes to Reading
The Huffington Post, April 29, 2009
"Making A Difference" highlights Experience Corps.

Seniors Help Students Learn to read in Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Press, April 27, 2009
Principal Yolanda Valenzuela said that Experience Corps members supply unique benefits to her school, which is 87 percent Hispanic. "Having older adults in the building completes the circle of ages and supplies more of what the children need."

Experience Corps Helps Students and Older Adults
The Arizona Republic, April 27, 2009
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at how adult tutors' lives were affected through participating in the Experience Corps program. According to the findings, the tutors reported improvements in mental health and mobility, and had larger social networks and higher self-esteem. The studies also found the tutors nearly doubled their activity level and improved their memory after joining the program.

Evansville Literacy Push Draws on Experience
The Evansville Courier Press, April 27, 2009
Evansville became one of 23 communities in the United States to implement Experience Corps, an initiative that brings members (most of whom are 55 and older) into classrooms to tutor children on literacy skills.

Tutors Over 55 Reap Health Benefits
Arizona Republic, April 23, 2009
Findings from recently released studies show that adults over 55 years old who tutor in schools reap mental and physical health benefits.

Experience Corps tutors making a big difference for kids
Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 21, 2009
"From kindergarten through third grade, you're learning to read; after that you're reading to learn," said Janet Triplett, coordinator of the Experience Corps program for Volunteers of America-Minnesota. "If kids learn to read well by third grade, they have a better chance of being successful."

Experience Corps Profiled on NBC Nightly News
NBC Nightly News, April 20, 2009
Experience Corps "makes a dramatic difference," according to NBC's Making a Difference series.

Tutors Help New York Students Learn to Read
New York Daily News, April 20, 2009
Experience Corps, which uses local retirees, has helped hundreds of children who could barely read reach grade level within one school year — showing a 60 percent higher improvement rate than their peers.

Experience Corps Volunteers Help Inspire Kids to Learn
The Arizona Republic, April 20, 2009
According to district data, 95 percent of Experience Corps students made significant academic progress and 65 percent improved one or more reading levels.

Editorial: State Should Tap Older People's Education Skills
Arizona Republic, April 16, 2009
With Baby Boomers retiring, Experience Corps could really take off. Arizonans should take advantage of its one-two punch: a rewarding way to serve the community and a smart way to boost student achievement.

Study Touts Benefits of Tutor Program
The Arizona Republic, April 15, 2009
Over a single school year, Baby Boomer tutors helped hundreds of southeast Valley students learn two critical reading skills — sounding out new words and comprehension — giving them a significant edge over students who were not served by the program, a new study has found.

Experience Corps study shows big reading gains
In Education, The Baltimore Sun, April 14, 2009
The Washington University study found that having an Experience Corps member in the classroom was the equivalent of reducing class size by 40 percent.

Volunteer Tutors Found to Help Poor Readers
Ed Week, April 8, 2009
A program that uses older volunteers as tutors has significantly improved the reading skills of students in the early grades, according to a study released today.

Older Hands Plant Seeds of Literacy
The Boston Globe, April 8, 2009
A national study found that students (enrolled in Experience Corps) made 60 percent more progress in word deciphering and reading comprehension ... than peers who were not enrolled in the program.

Study shows student reading improves with Experience Corps volunteers
The Beaumont Enterprise, April 8, 2009
A study released Tuesday found that the Experience Corps program has significant positive effects on a child's reading ability.

Tutor Program Documents Benefits to Older People and Children
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 8, 2009
Elementary-school students who received yearlong tutoring from Experience Corps members made significant progress in key reading skills, a new study has found. The children were not the only ones who benefited. The tutors themselves reported improvements in their physical condition, mental health and self-esteem, according to the survey.

Students in urban schools get big boost from pioneering tutor program
Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 2009
Comprehension and other critical skills improve dramatically with one-on-one help from Experience Corps' volunteers, a new study shows.

Brain aging reversed by social, physical activity
The Johns Hopkins Newsletter, March 12, 2009
Researchers at Hopkins have implemented a program, Experience Corps, in which retirees work as teaching aides in Baltimore area elementary schools. This volunteer work has been found to improve brain function in the study subjects.

A Gift That Keeps on Giving
PDQ Health, Feb. 12, 2009
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine demonstrate that an innovative program called Experience Corps helps kids and keeps older Americans active — with generous benefits to spare.

Experience Corps Members Maintain Health Benefits
Bio-Medicine News, Feb. 10, 2009
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University find Experience Corps members sustain their increase in physical activity for three years.

Community Service Opportunities Now Include Stipends
Temple University News, Jan. 28, 2009
To allow older adults to fulfill their drive to serve others while still enabling them to meet their financial needs, a number of community service organizations offer stipends. Experience Corps is one of these programs.

Harness the Talents of Older People to Upgrade the Nation's Schools
The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2009
Many excellent programs already exist, such as Experience Corps ... a Peace Corps-type program to harness the talents of older people to upgrade the nation's schools, improve services for the needy, support families raising children and enhance a culture of creativity.

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The emergence of an older, more vigorous population is the most significant social story of our time ... [Experience Corps] is fulfilling for the kids. Fulfilling for the country. And fulfilling for the volunteer.

—Abigail Trafford, Washington Post

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