AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a high-impact, community-based, volunteer tutoring program that engages adults 50 and older to address a major contributor to poverty – the inability of children in kindergarten through 3rd Grade to read at grade level.
Children who are not able to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school; if they live in a high poverty community and attend a school with a large concentration of other economically disadvantaged children they are 13 times less likely to graduate; Experience Corps is focused on providing the essential support necessary to ensure children can read by the end of 3rd Grade.
External research proves Experience Corps’ effectiveness in improving literacy: Students who worked one-to-one with Experience Corps tutors for a single school year saw more than 60% greater gains in critical literacy skills compared to students who were not served by the program.
Children and volunteers build a close, trusting relationship that helps improve the children’s reading skills while also building essential social and emotional skills. In yearly surveys, teachers report that in addition to significant gains in reading, their students have increased confidence, better attendance and fewer disciplinary issues.
Lifetime of experience: Experience Corps Tutors share their lifetime of experience, time, tutoring skills and calming presence with students who may not receive a lot of positive, individualized attention otherwise.