AARP Foundation Experience Corps
Fourth-graders who can’t read at grade-level are four times less likely to graduate from high school. 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 age 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.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps has nearly 2,000 highly-trained volunteers working in more than 20 cities and serves over 30,000 students every year in high-need elementary schools. Each Experience Corps site operates one of three tutoring models: one to one; small group; and literacy assistance (where volunteers tutor and help teachers with classroom-wide activities).
Studies show that AARP Foundation Experience Corps works. After one year, many students who work with Experience Corps volunteer tutors achieve as much as 60% improvement in critical literacy skills compared to their peers. Volunteers provide an average of 6-15 hours of support each week throughout the school year.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps' approach is simple, but effective. As an anti-poverty strategy, Experience Corps is helping to provide both older adults and children with opportunities to enrich their lives through literacy.
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.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps – Twin Cities is an independent, intergenerational project with support from AARP Foundation and MAP for Nonprofits.
Program Impact (2015-2016 school year)
- Students served: 703
- Volunteers: 87
- Hours of tutoring: 21,184
- Classrooms served: 105
- 74 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half a grade level or more
- 96 percent of teachers reported that AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteers had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
- 87 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students