Experience Corps Bay Area engages older adults (50+) as volunteer tutors and mentors to increase the literacy skills of K-3rd grade students in local public schools. Through this generational exchange, children succeed, older adults thrive, and communities are made stronger.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 73% of students in the Experience Corps Bay Area program improved their reading skills by at least one grade level, and 91% of the teachers rated our volunteers’ support as positive.
Experience Corps tutors lead small groups of students (2-4) through a curriculum of reading exercises designed to bring their reading skills up to, or beyond, grade level. The volunteers work hand-in-hand with their teacher and engage with the students within the classroom environment.
Students or People Served
Experience Corps Bay Area focuses its efforts on K-3rd Grade Students ONLY. Both our own experience over the last 18 years and national studies show that this is a critical stage to ensure young readers are reading at grade level.
Volunteers support the students during regular class times, generally between 9am-12pm and 12-3pm.
We place our volunteers directly in the classrooms to interact with the students and support the teachers and their curriculums. We have tutoring sites in the East Bay and San Francisco. We have a new site on the Peninsula, at Selby Lane Elementary, 170 Selby Lane, Atherton.
We know that continued, regular tutoring provides the best results and we encourage volunteers to consider volunteering for two, 2-hour shifts each week. This provides the best continuity between lessons and also supports the mentor relationship that often grows between the volunteer and the student.
However, we also respect the fact that many of our volunteers have active, full lives and may not be able to commit to two, 2-hour shifts. In that case, we work with them to find a time when they can come in once a week for 3-4 hours. In both cases we request that the volunteer make a commitment to stay with the program through the close of the school year.
ALL applicants must have a personal interview, undergo fingerprinting and a background check, provide a TB test and provide 2 personal references.
The unique experience and talents of older adults is the foundation of Experience Corps, so no prior classroom experience is necessary. Volunteers receive comprehensive, ongoing training and continued support through team meetings with their fellow volunteers.
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