Reconnecting in Person
Our 2023 National Meeting unfolded over three days, from June 21 to 23. More than 320 volunteers, staff, program partners, national organizations, and experts gathered at AARP National Headquarters and also participated virtually to explore the theme of “Improving Service Through Connection” — and to do a little celebrating.
Day One had the feel of a reunion, as it had been several years since Experience Corps had held in-person programming. The main sentiment heard from attendees was a mix of joy and relief at being able to gather again in person, to reconnect as individuals and as a network. During breaks and at the evening reception, folks gathered to catch up, exchange insights, and simply enjoy each other's company.
The numbers tell how enthusiastic everyone was, with attendance up 8% over last year's fully virtual meeting. For volunteers, who were again attending only virtually, it was up 34%.
Presentation highlights included a conversation between AARP Foundation President Claire Casey and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Cindy Marten, who spoke to the power and importance of volunteer tutoring. "It's a game changer,” said Marten, “for students to have that one caring, experienced, well-trained and supportive adult."
Day One also saw the announcement of our 2023 "We Are Experience Corps!" volunteer recruitment campaign, anchored by specially branded bookmarks and tote bags. Featured at a workshop co-hosted by Michelle Williams, Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing for AmeriCorps, the campaign aims to help current volunteers and AARP partners recruit future volunteers from their individual networks.
Day One concluded with a rousing celebration of volunteering: as Experience Corps joined partners AmeriCorps and Points of Light in awarding the President's Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement to Calvin Leonard, an Experience Corps volunteer in Cleveland for 20 years, who has amassed 4,463 hours of tutoring over that time.
"The National Meeting left everyone feeling like we're at the start of something new and exciting for Experience Corps,” commented Vice President for Experience Corps Mioshi Moses. “While the pandemic has left students needing more support than ever before, it's clear AARP Foundation and its program partners are poised and ready to address the challenge in a big way."
Day 1 of the National Meeting featured thought leadership panels with our program partners at the national and local level. Find recordings of sessions below.
AARP Foundation Senior Vice President of Litigation Bill Rivera led a discussion with Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Ralph Smith on the intersection of literacy education and economic mobility for our target communities.
AARP Foundation President Claire Casey joined Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten in dialogue about building a volunteer-driven civic spirit to meet the needs of our students.
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AARP Foundation Vice President of Experience Corps Mioshi Moses engaged celebrated children’s book author Trudy Ludwig and CASEL Vice President of Communications Justina Schlund in a discussion about supporting the whole student along the educational journey. Hear how the Experience Corps model allows tutors to use proven methods to advance key literacy skills for children while building their social-emotional skills.
AARP Foundation Senior Vice President of Programs Emily Allen spoke with AmeriCorps Seniors Director Atalaya Sergi, MSW, Points of Light Interim President Diane Quest, and noted researcher at the University of Maryland Do Good Institute Nathan Dietz. They shared the latest news about promising alignments in civic and corporate spheres serving students and older adults.
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AARP Historian Emerita Lily Liu shared AARP’s origin story about Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus finding her purpose through civic service. CoGenerate Co-CEO Eunice Lin Nichols and AARP Vice President of Volunteer Engagement Michelle Becote-Jackson also explored the many ways that organizations can inspire audiences through stories on aging and volunteerism.
AARP Foundation presented the inaugural Experience Corps cohort of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The PVSAs recognize those who have dedicated a significant amount of time to serving their communities. This year we had the honor of presenting a lifetime achievement award to Calvin Leonard, an Experience Corps volunteer with our Cleveland, OH, program.
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