Despite persistent efforts, nearly 40 percent of all American fourth-graders read below the basic level on a national reading test. The percentages are even higher in many urban schools. Here in Minnesota, we have one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. Studies have shown that reading ability in the third grade is a major predictor of future educational success−being a proficient reader by third grade dramatically increases students’ chances of graduating from high school. AARP Experience Corps Tutors directly contribute to this milestone by providing one-on-one reading tutoring as well as serving as a caring adult in each of their students’ lives.
School & community partners
- Freedom Academy Charter School
- Lucy Craft Laney Community School
- Lyndale Community School
- Marcy Open School
- Southside Family Charter School
- Whittier International School
- Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary School
- Chelsea Heights Elementary School
- CommonBond Communities
- Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School
- East Side Learning Center
- Higher Ground Academy
- Maxfield Elementary School
- Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet
- Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation
- West Side Summit
Training is provided for AARP Experience Corps members prior to starting service at a school site and throughout the year. Initial training on tutoring beginning readers is provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council. Additional training topics include Behavior Management During Tutoring Sessions, Understanding Survival-Based Youth, Exploring Children’s Social and Emotional Development, and Cultural Competency & Intercultural Development.
AARP Experience Corps members who serve 10 hours per week are eligible to be enrolled as AmeriCorps members and receive a small stipend and an educational award on completion of 300 hours of service.