"Experience Corps matches a critical need with a vital resource ... Struggling inner-city children need help with their studies and more adult attention. Older citizens have time on their hands and skills to share. Put the two together and you have a powerful combination that works wonders for all involved."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fourth-graders who can’t read at grade-level are four times less likely to graduate from high school. 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 age 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.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps has nearly 2,000 highly-trained volunteers working in more than 20 cities and serves over 30,000 students every year in high-need elementary schools. Each Experience Corps site operates one of three tutoring models: one to one; small group; and literacy assistance (where volunteers tutor and help teachers with classroom-wide activities).
Studies show that AARP Foundation Experience Corps works. After one year, many students who work with Experience Corps volunteer tutors achieve as much as 60% improvement in critical literacy skills compared to their peers. Volunteers provide an average of 6-15 hours of support each week throughout the school year.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps' approach is simple, but effective. As an anti-poverty strategy, Experience Corps is helping to provide both older adults and children with opportunities to enrich their lives through literacy.
AARP Foundation is proud to engage with the Corporation for National & Community Service to advance sustainable solutions that transform the lives of individuals through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund.