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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

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

Higher Ground Academy

HOPE Community Academy

Liberty Plaza After School Program (virtual tutoring only) 

St. Paul Music Academy


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

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.

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