AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides a strong solution to a serious problem. This tutoring program is an intergenerational model in which tutors who are at least 50-years-old work with a struggling student over time. More than improvement in literacy rates, volunteers and students alike are learning valuable lessons from each other simply because of the age difference!
Are you ready to make a difference? Become a Read United tutor.
There is so much to learn from each generation. There is wisdom and knowledge that an older adult can pass on to a young child and a young child can give energy and imagination in return!
This is one of the many reasons why Read United recruits tutors who are at least 50-years-old to be part of AARP Foundation Experience Corps. The children that are tutored range in age from 5 to 9-years-old. So, at a minimum, there are four decades spanning the age difference between the tutor and child!
Our Experience Corps volunteers have made a huge impact on the students at Brookdale, Porter, Riley, and Southfield Elementary School. Because of their dedication, students who were struggling are making huge strides and reaching milestones in order to advance to the next grade. Are you interested in helping? We’re looking for people who:
- Are at least 50 years of age
- Can participate in 25 hours of ongoing professional development
- Can serve at least 4 hours a week for the entire school year
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Will agree to and pass a criminal background check
Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United says, “We’ve cultivated this myth of independence in this country, and stigmatized individuals and families when they rely on each other. But, families who come together by need, have stayed together by choice.”
At Read United, our volunteers and students are family. We spend our time tutoring, encouraging, and helping each other. The choice to share your time with a person from a different generation impacts the child and adult on all levels, whether it is academically, socially, professionally, emotionally, or mentally.