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AARP Experience Corps Wins the Second Annual Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

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The AARP Experience Corps aims to improve children’s literacy, strengthen communities, and help develop cultures of inspiration in schools.

Last year, AARP Experience Corps/AARP Experience Corps Bay Area received the second annual Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, an award that included a $100,000 prize for the corps to use to continue carrying out the organization's mission.

See also: AARP Experience Corps: What It's About, the Impact It Makes

Established in 2011, the Eisner Prize was created as a means to recognize individuals or nonprofits for their efforts to unite multiple generations — especially seniors and youth — to bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities. As an organization that provides a way for older Americans to work with young children to help improve kids' literacy skills, AARP Experience Corps/AARP Experience Corps Bay Area was a natural fit for this prestigious award.

Over the coming year, AARP Experience Corps and The Eisner Foundation will work together to heighten awareness of the good work accomplished through intergenerational programs. While presenting the prize, Eisner Foundation founder Michael D. Eisner said, "Maintaining the highest levels of education and literacy are among our country's top challenges, and through innovative programs like that offered by AARP Experience Corps, our communities are rising to meet those challenges."

"We are deeply honored and grateful to receive the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence," said Lester Strong, vice president and CEO of AARP Experience Corps. "Every day, our older adult volunteer members work hard at making sure the younger generation – specifically those in kindergarten through third grade – gets the extra help they need in reading literacy."

AARP Experience Corps matches the experience and talent of thousands of older Americans with elementary schools in 19 local communities, including Northern California. It is the only national program that provides an intensive level of reading intervention from older volunteers within a standardized practice. Check out this short video to learn more about AARP Experience Corps.

AARP Experience Corps is a proven program made up of volunteers 55 and older who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before they finish the third grade. Our goals are to improve children’s literacy, strengthen our communities and help develop cultures of inspiration in schools. Students who work with an AARP Experience Corps mentor for one year have shown a significant improvement in their literacy skills. Our program is offered in 19 communities and is growing. Check out this short video to learn more about AARP Experience Corps.

"We are deeply honored and grateful to receive the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence," said Lester Strong, vice president and CEO of AARP Experience Corps. "Every day, our older adult volunteer members work hard at making sure the younger generation — specifically those in kindergarten through third grade — gets the extra help they need in reading literacy."

Along with giving the $100,000 grant, The Eisner Foundation will work with AARP Experience Corps leadership to help replicate some of its award-winning programs in Los Angeles, where The Eisner Foundation is based. "Maintaining the highest levels of education and literacy are among our country's top challenges," said founder Michael D. Eisner. "And through innovative programs like that offered by AARP Experience Corps, our communities are rising to meet those challenges." 

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