AARP Experience Corps

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Your Free Time Can Help Them Make The Grade

Adults 50+ are invited to Volunteer

Tempe AARP Experience Corps

The City of Tempe’s AARP Experience Corps is a local affiliate of the national AARP Experience Corps. Tempe's AARP Experience Corps is an early literacy skills tutoring program designed to provide support to struggling students in kindergarten through third grade by placing trained volunteer tutors in high need schools in the Tempe Elementary District.  Experience Corps specifically engages adults 50+ in the community to help children become proficient readers by the time they finish third grade. Through this generational exchange, children succeed, 50+ adults thrive and communities are made stronger. 

Students recommended for the Experience Corps program are considered to be at risk and have tested below benchmark standards in reading for their grade level. In addition to strengthening academic skills, the tutors work on motivating and encouraging students through the positive relationship they build together. Teachers report that, in addition to the obvious benefit of boosting students’ reading skills through the program, students also show increased self-confidence. The effectiveness of the program is measured by student reading scores, surveys of teachers, principals, and volunteers. Experience Corps currently operates in 10 Tempe Elementary District schools. 

Volunteer Information

You do not need special skills, just a willingness to share your experience, time, and patience.  Comprehensive training and excellent support services are provided to you by the program.  Volunteers commit to approximately 5 hours per week for the program year (September to May).  Each tutor is assigned to 4 students, meeting  individually with each student for 30 minutes twice weekly during school hours. 

Volunteers are required to undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, and 15 hours of pre-service training. 

How To Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session, which explains in detail the Experience Corps program and requirements. Applications and interview dates and times will be available at the information sessions. 

Sessions are held at the Tempe Public Library. Check back for dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Learn More

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Bond – Experience Corps Project Director
480-858-2464 or

Nicole Burner – Experience Corps Program Coordinator
480-858-2456 or

Expect More Arizona

National AARP Experience Corps

Schools in the Program

There are 10 elementary schools within the Tempe Elementary School District identified for the Experience Corps program.

  • Aguilar Elementary
  • Arredondo Elementary
  • Curry Elementary
  • Frank Elementary
  • Fuller Elementary
  • Holdeman Elementary
  • Hudson Elementary
  • Laird Elementary
  • Thew Elementary
  • Wood Elementary

The Ladmo Branch of the Boys & Girls Club is also an Experience Corps location.

A Tutoring Session

A session last 30 minutes and has three parts:

Part 1: 10-15 minutes - Your student reads from a Reading A-Z curriculum book and you both engage in reading games

Part 2: 5 minutes - You and your student discuss progress and achievement

Part 3: 5 minutes - You read a story to student to develop a love of reading


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