Tempe AARP Experience Corps
The City of Tempe’s AARP Experience Corps is a local affiliate of the national AARP Experience Corps. Tempe's program focuses on early literacy skills and is designed to provide support to struggling students in partnership with the Tempe Elementary School District.
Tempe Experience Corps volunteers have helped more than 3,000 at-risk students reach grade-level reading benchmarks since the city’s program was established in 2006. Due to its longtime success, the Tempe program now serves as a national model (PDF) for communities across the country.
Through the Tempe AARP Experience Corps program:
The effectiveness of the program is measured by student reading scores as well as surveys of teachers, principals and volunteers.
Volunteers don't need special skills, just a willingness to share their experience, time and patience. Comprehensive training and support services are provided. Volunteers commit to approximately five hours per week September to May. Each tutor is assigned to four students and meets individually with them for 30 minutes twice weekly during school hours.
Volunteers must undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, and 15 hours of pre-service training.
Attend an information session for more details about the Experience Corps program and requirements. Applications and interview dates will be available at the information sessions.
Upcoming 2020 sessions: Jan. 28, Feb. 26, March 24, April 9 and 21
Sessions are scheduled 9 - 11 a.m. in library program room B of the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.
"One of my kids is going to finish high school that wouldn’t have, one of them is going to go to college that wouldn’t have. I will never know. But if a kid goes to college that wouldn’t have, think of what a difference that makes in his life.” - tutor Rich Favaro. Read more...
Nicole Burner – Experience Corps Program Coordinator
Allison Burke - Sr. Social Services Coordinator
“It is such valuable time in the child's education both emotionally and academically, it truly makes a lifelong impression on each child.” - Thew Elementary Principal Marissa Schneckloth.
A Tutoring Session
A session last 30 minutes and has three parts:
Part 1: 20 minutes - Your student reads from a Reading A-Z curriculum book and you both engage in reading games