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How does AARP help childhood literacy?

The AARP Foundation Experience Corps inspires and empowers adults age 50 or older to help children who are lagging behind improve their reading skills, disrupting the cycle of poverty and making a lasting difference in their lives.

What do volunteers do to help kids read?

By serving as mentors, Corps volunteers teach children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade.

 

Volunteer Roles

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have no in-person volunteer opportunities available at this time.  Please  explore these virtual opportunities to make a difference and volunteer safely from home.


Reading Tutor

(Volunteer From Home)

You will have the opportunity to work with prekindergarten through third-grade students to strengthen literacy skills, promote positive self-image and improve attendance practices. This is a rewarding role that is ideal for people who enjoy teaching and interacting with children. Make a lasting difference in a vulnerable child’s life.

Requirements:

  • Must be age 50 or older
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED (minimum)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a basic literacy screening
  • Must attend 25 hours of provided training (annually)

Time/Frequency:

  • 4 - 6 hours per week

Team Leader

(Volunteer From Home)

Be a vital link in running an intergenerational tutoring program proven to help children improve their reading skills. You will be responsible for the ongoing communication, planning, documentation and evaluation of the AARP Experience Corps program in each school and serve as the liaison between volunteers and school leadership.

Requirements:

  • Must be age 50 or older
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED (minimum)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a basic literacy screening
  • Must attend 25 hours of provided training (annually)

Time/Frequency:

  • 4 - 6 hours per week

Interested in Becoming an Experience Corps Volunteer?

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