Meet Experience Corps tutor Beverly Gabriele

Success Story

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 and our Experience Corps tutors fit that role perfectly!

Get to know one of our recently trained tutors, Beverly Gabriele:

“The first book I ever read was “Dick and Jane” and I still have the original copy of that book. That was the tip of the iceberg and I’ve loved reading ever since.” 

Beverly has been happily retired for the last 5 years after practicing law as an attorney for 35 years.  She spends her time with her husband, Bob, of 46 years and their two daughters. In addition to being an avid reader, she also enjoys art and traveling.

As an Experience Corps Tutor, Beverly wanted to serve and impact more students so she offered to tutor at multiple schools.  Her desire was granted and she has now become the first traveling tutor in the Experience Corps program.  She has two Kindergarten sessions at Robla Elementary and one session with second grade students at Taylor Street Elementary. The students read to her, they play literacy games and she reads to them.

“I have enjoyed tutoring, it’s nurturing, rewarding and the kids are fun!” says Beverly.

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 28 enthusiastic, committed volunteers not only help improve reading skills, but also form special bonds with the children.

Our Experience Corps program currently serves children in nine elementary schools across four school districts in the Sacramento region. Literacy Coordinators have been hearing positive feedback from teachers and principals about improved reading skills, increased confidence and self-esteem in students.

We need more volunteers to reach more children. Learn how you can volunteer or sign up for  our spring info-session.