Experience Corps Literacy Program

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Experience Corps literacy program
Become a volunteer literacy tutor and make a lasting impact on a child's life

AARP Foundation Experience Corps If kids aren’t reading at grade level by 4th grade, they will have a hard time keeping up across multiple subjects. United Way helps kids stay on track in school and achieve key milestones. Today, four out of five low-income students and two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders have missed this important milestone. Together we can change this.

Led locally by United Way, AARP Experience Corps members volunteer as tutors at local schools to help Kindergarten through third grade students become confident successful readers.

​Last year, our local United Way volunteers tutored 415 students at 17 schools. After only one year of tutoring, 62% of students who started below grade level improved their reading and literacy performance.

 AARP Experience Corps volunteers are at local schools approximately 2 days per week, 2-3 hours per day  throughout the school year.

Experience Corps Volunteers

  • Tutor groups of two or three students throughout the school year and track their progress
  • Volunteer twice a week at a school for two to three hours per day October through May
  • Receive training support to become an impactful mentor and role model, and hone tutoring skills to help students reach their potential
  • Meet monthly with your fellow volunteers to share best practices and receive behavior management support
  • Make a lasting difference in a child’s life!

To learn more about becoming an Experience Corps volunteer sign up for a Volunteer Information Session:

Friday, October 25
1:00-2:00 pm
​10389 Old Placerville Rd, Sacramento, 95827

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United Way’s early literacy program expands into two new schools
AARP Experience Corps to support 19 schools across the region

Only half of all third graders in our five county region are reading at grade level according to the 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

As part of United Way’s efforts to boost early literacy in our region, nearly 60 volunteers will tutor local students through the AARP Experience Corps program starting this fall. United Way has expanded the program and is partnering with two more schools for a total of 19 campuses to provide onsite reading support throughout the school year. 

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Books and Baseball
Thanking our AARP Experience Corps Volunteers

On May 15, 2018, the AARP Experience Corps volunteers enjoyed an afternoon at Raley Field watching the River Cats and being recognized for their efforts in helping kids read this past school year. Over 65 people including volunteers, guests, representatives from UPS, and members from the school districts all came together.  

Success Story

AARP Experience Corps Truly Makes an Impact

After only 1 year of operation, local data proves that Experience Corps works for students and for volunteers.   Nationally during the 2016-2017 school year, 1,993 volunteer tutors helped 31,466 students in 241 schools in cities across 16 states.

For the same school year, United Way had 27 volunteer tutors helping 273 students in 9 schools across 4 school districts.

For students, external research by Washington University in St. Louis 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.  When you compare our local program with the National program, you can see how successful we were in improving children’s literacy skills.  

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Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program
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Learn more about the AARP Experience Corps Program

Learn about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and see how you can help kids succeed in school. We are looking for volunteers age 50+ to help local schools turn their struggling students into successful, confident readers. With approximately 2 days per week, 2-3 hours per day, you can make a lasting impact in a child’s life. 

To learn more about how you can get involved in the Experience Corps program, click here.

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About United Way California Region and AARP Foundation Experience Corps Program

United Way California Capital Region is leading the effort to end poverty in the Sacramento region by supporting education through the Square One Project. This project is our promise to our community to significantly increase the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond over the next 20 years.

Success Story

Help kids read by starting your next chapter with Experience Corps

Research shows that having a mentor greatly increases a student’s potential for success so much so that children not only have higher self-esteem, they also perform better in school. Through United Way’s partnership with AARP Experience Corps, volunteers ages 50 and older, spend two hours a day two days each week in classrooms helping young children  improve their reading skills so they succeed in school and beyond. Our volunteers not only help improve reading skills, but also form special bonds with the children.

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Experience Corps needs people like you!

United Way’s Experience Corps program has completed its first school semester and is going strong! Experience Corps is a reading tutor program which matches volunteers ages 50+ with small groups of kindergarten through third grade students in local schools.

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Experience Corps Volunteer Reading Tutor Information
What does it mean to volunteer to help kids read?

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As an AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer you are working as a partner in assisting schools reach their student achievement goals. After training, you will have the opportunity to assist students in small groups, two times a week throughout the school year.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Help students read at grade level (or even beyond!)
  • Receive specific training prior to volunteering
  • Provide consistent support to the same school and classroom over the course of the school year
  • Receive on-going training and volunteer support
  • Have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow volunteers

Experience Corps specifically recruit adults who are 50+ years of age to be tutors. Volunteer tutors serve in teams with a higher commitment of hours per week, approximately 2 days per week, 2-3 hours per day. This allows the program to have a greater presence and impact on the school environment because there is consistency, dedication and reliability.

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AARP Foundation awards grant to United Way to help kids improve reading

We’ve received a grant from the AARP Foundation to have volunteers age 50 and up help young kids with their reading!

United Way California Capital Region is one of only seven nonprofits across the country selected for this grant. We give a high five to our partner Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center for being another one of the grantees for this important project.

AARP Foundation, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), has awarded a generous four-year grant to United Way California Capital Region to help grow Experience Corps, the evidence based AARP Foundation literacy program that improves the reading skills of children, enriches the lives of volunteer tutors, and strengthens schools in local communities.

Almost 70 percent of students in the U.S.—about 6.6 million children—are unable to read proficiently by fourth grade. AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches volunteers age 50 and up with students in kindergarten through third grade to help them improve their reading skills. The program offers both 1:1 and small group tutoring assistance.

We know that improving children’s early literacy has a direct impact on their success in higher education, and we know that higher education is the equalizer that breaks the cycle of poverty. This subgrant will allow us to build on the success of Experience Corps’ intergenerational model and help many more children grow up prepared for success.

You can make a difference in the life of a child.