AARP Experience Corps® ~ Marin
AARP Experience Corps Marin matches volunteer tutors aged 50 and over with struggling readers in grades K–3. Our goal is to help students read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Studies have shown that achieving literacy in these early years greatly influences whether a student stays in school and graduates.
Launched in a single school in 2007, AARP Experience Corps Marin now serves 8 schools in San Rafael and Novato. In the 2014-2015 school year, 104 AARP Experience Corps Marin volunteers gave 9,500 hours of service to 1,500 students. Most of our students come from low-income families and many are English Language Learners. Our volunteers come from all over Marin County and beyond and have a variety of work backgrounds. Most are 65–85 years old. There is no experience necessary to be an AARP Experience Corps Marin tutor—we provide training and continuing support.
This intergenerational tutor-student relationship gives benefits beyond the purely academic. Teachers report that our students have improved attendance, participation, concentration, and reduced disruptive behavior. Tutors report that volunteering in this program increases their sense of purpose in life, that they are making a difference in their community, and that it helps them stay physically and mentally healthy.
For more information, visit the AARP Experience Corps website »