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.
East Side Learning Center is the proud affiliate host of the Experience Corps program in the Twin Cities. East Side Learning Center (ESLC) unlocks each child’s potential through the foundation of reading.
Program Launch: 1995
Program Impact (2017-2018 school year)
- Students served: 671
- Volunteers: 109
- Hours of tutoring: 21,732
- Classrooms served: 100
- 59 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
- 100 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students
Volunteering with Experience Corps
Meet Shirley Dolland
Shirley and her husband, Winston, are among a cadre of AARP Experience Corps volunteers who worked with more than 800 students in Minneapolis and St. Paul this past school year, helping them reach grade-level reading proficiency. Read
Interested in becoming a tutor and mentor?
School & Community Partners
Chelsea Heights Elementary School
East Side Learning Center
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center (After School)
Harvest Network of Schools
Hiawatha Leadership Academy—Northrop
Higher Ground Academy
Lucy Craft Laney Community School
Lyndale Community School
Martin Luther King Recreation Center (After School)
Maxfield Elementary School
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet
Rondo Library (After School)
Southside Family Charter School
Whittier International Elementary School
West Side Summit