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
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
Higher Ground Academy
HOPE Community Academy
Liberty Plaza After School Program (virtual tutoring only)
St. Paul Music Academy
Is Experience Corps in my city?
AARP Foundation Experience Corps has more than 2,300 highly-trained volunteers working in 22 cities and serves over 9,600 students every year in high-need elementary schools.Find My City