From kindergarten through the end of third grade, students learn to read. From fourth grade on, kids need to be able to read in order to learn.
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success, and early age literacy is vital to education. We understand the importance of investing in early learning tools that will set students and families up for a lifetime of success. Studies show students reading at grade level are four times more likely to graduate from high school.
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.
Experience Corps Volunteer Reading Tutor Information
What does it mean to volunteer to help kids read?
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.