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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Port Arthur & Beaumont

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 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.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is hosted in Port Arthur/Beaumont by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission. The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is a voluntary association of local governments that serves an area composed of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. The planning commission was established in June 1970 under authority provided by the Texas legislature in 1965. SETRPC is one of 24 regional planning councils that serve all of Texas.

Program Launch

  • Port Arthur: 1995
  • Beaumont: 2008

Program Impact (2016-2017 school year)

  • Students served: 509
  • Volunteers: 60
  • Hours of tutoring: 14,448
  • Classrooms served: 148
  • 92 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half a grade level or more
  • 96 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students

Contact

Stephanie Lartigue-Pearson
AARP Foundation Experience Corps Director
Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission
409-899-8444 ext 7509
spearson@setrpc.org