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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Minneapolis/St. Paul

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? 

Please fill out our volunteer sign-up form.  And, learn more at our website:


Volunteer Coordinator: 
Shoua Khang 

Program Operations Director: 
Erin Simon 

School & Community Partners

Ascension School

Bethune Elementary

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 

Obama Elementary

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet

Rondo Library (After School)

Seward Montessori

Southside Family Charter School

Whittier International Elementary School

West Side Summit