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A Triple Win for Students, Volunteers, and Communities


AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a community-based volunteer program that empowers people over 50 to serve as tutors to help students become better readers by the end of third grade. It is a proven “triple win,” helping students succeed, older adults thrive, and communities grow stronger.

The program ensures volunteer success through extensive training, peer networks, and ongoing evaluation. Experience Corps employs a structured, evidence-based model that improves the overall reading ability of students by building their fluency, accuracy, and comprehension skills.

We focus on outcomes, inspiring volunteers to disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

Register for Our Upcoming National Meeting

The annual AARP Foundation Experience Corps National Meeting offers focused learning opportunities for program staff and volunteers, creates awareness of program updates and impact, builds our community of early literacy enthusiasts, and recognizes the amazing work of our programs, volunteers, and partners.

This year’s National Meeting will be held virtually June 22-24, 2022. Day 1 is open to all who wish to attend, while Day 2 and 3 programming is designed specifically for our volunteers and staff. Join us as we build on lessons from this school year and hear stories of how our program helps students succeed, older adults thrive, and communities grow stronger.


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Subscribe to Experience Corps Network Newsletter

The Experience Corps Network Newsletter brings you the latest news, details on upcoming volunteer workshops, and new volunteer stories. Subscribe today.


Advancing Sustainable Solutions

New Report: Positive Social-Emotional Learning Outcomes

Findings from the Experience Corps Social-Emotional Learning Evaluation were compelling, with students seeing statistically significant improvements in social-emotional learning.

Service Makes a Difference

AARP Foundation’s Experience Corp program is funded by an $ 1,249,130 grant from AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps and U.S. Department of Justice funding provide 16% of the support for Experience Corps, with AARP Foundation and non-governmental sources providing 84% ($9,077,599) of support.  

Meet Willie Jean Vance: Experience Corps Volunteer

Learn what a moving experience Willie Jean finds teaching young kids to become great readers.

'Take on Today' Podcast Discusses How Older Adults Can Help Young Children Learn to Read

In this 'Take on Today' episode, you'll hear from Mioshi Moses, Vice President of the program, as she breaks down how the program empowers older adults as well as a volunteer who shares his story and experience as a mentor.

Get Involved

Become a Program Partner

General inquiries can be submitted to Upon receiving an inquiry, our director of Field Services will contact the you and provide you with an initial information packet.


AARP Foundation Experience Corps is looking for adults 50 years and older interested in tutoring K-3 students who are struggling to read.


Donate to AARP Foundation Experience Corps. Your generous support will bring experience to life.