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AARP Foundation Experience Corps San Diego

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 San Diego is hosted by The Children’s Initiative.

School Districts Served:

San Diego Unified School District
Lemon Grove School District

Program Launch: 2016

Program Impact (2018-2019 school year)

  • Students served: 200
  • Volunteers: 54
  • Hours of tutoring: 3,844
  • Schools served: 10
  • 65% of students who were below grade level with reading at the beginning of the year reached grade level reading proficiency by the end of the school year
  • 97% of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students
  • 100% of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the relationships they had developed with the students they tutored



Kristin Shea
Program Coordinator

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Experience Corps San Diego