Experience Corps Bay Area

Rating: 4.83 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 3925 Noriega Street. San Francisco CA 94122 USA

Mission: Experience Corps is a community based nonprofit organization that partners adults (50+) in public elementary schools as tutors/mentors. We aim to strengthen the community by utilizing the resources we already have- that is, the knowledge and understanding of our older citizens. Combining the experience, love, and expertise of older adults with public school youth creates lasting bonds which build stronger schools and stronger communities. In addition to providing Experience Corps volunteers with training, team building opportunities, and on-site support, we also provide monthly stipends to older adults able to serve 10 hours a week or more.
Results: Winner of 2012 Eisner Foundation Award for Intergenerational Excellence.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland
Programs: We are at 17 public schools throughout San Francisco and Oakland. Serve in K-3 grade classrooms.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a new volunteer this year in a Kindergarten class at Parker Elementary in Oakland. This year the class is large and the day is long for those little ones. Having a volunteer in the class clearly helps those young children who need to gain social and academic skills. I see that they are eager for attention and to have their hard work acknowledged. Learning letters and their sounds is difficult. I am so happy to be able to spend the time with small groups to give them the review they needed. It is very rewarding to see the light go on in their minds when they 'get it.'

Struggling children are marginalized. You see that right away, even in Kindergarten. These children need the positive support and one-on-one attention that Experience Corps volunteers can give them that the teacher can't. I have seen the difference even in the few weeks I've been there.

Experience Corps is a model for utilizing the talent of young-minded Boomers. I constantly recruit for Experience Corps to strengthen the education of those in our poorest communities. Giving is gratifying but seeing these children learn is even more rewarding!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the program to include volunteers who can strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Our lives are based on communicating. Reading and writing is critical to becoming a citizen who can gain employment. Science literacy is also critical to gain employment. Strengthening that in our poorer communities would hugely benefit our society.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I retired 2 years ago from a computer technichan job and wanted to do something that would help my community. I read about Experience Corps and thought it would be perfect for me. I started working with a Transitional to Kindergarden class and love it. I feel I am making a real differnce in these young children's lives. Some come prepared for entering school but many have no idea how to work and play with other children, how to articulate their feelings even something so simple as finishing a puzzle can be complicated ! I also feel like I am assisting their teacher, giving her more time to interact with more students and also being an adult to bounce ideas off. I love this program - so happy I am involved in it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More publicity so more retired people would know about it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Experience Corps does more for me than anyone else. I rise to the challenge. I benefit from the experience. My self-esteem soars. I'm doing something beneficial to the students which, in turn, benefits everyone. Experience Corps gives me the opportunity to do something meaningful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more summer programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The mission and support for volunteers makes this a very special organization. Despite coming out of retirement, I blocked off my volunteer time for experience corps, and consider it untouchable, despite my employer wanting more of my time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have the impression that I'm accomplishing some very important contributions to a needy population of young students, and that my efforts will contribute significantly to their future development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing to improve

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering as a tutor/mentor for Experience Corps Bay Area since I retired in 2007. I am not a school teacher, but if you can read and do simple math, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of a young elementary school student. Experience Corps coordinates everything from your training to the student assignment(s). You choose the days and the hours you would like to volunteer. This is a wonderful program, very supportive, with continued training and team meetings throughout the year. I am so happy that I joined Experience Corps Bay Area!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am an Experience Corps Bay Area volunteer. After working for 34 years in the Computer Software development field, when I retired I really wanted to work with kids, preferably tutoring, one-on-one. Experience Corps was a perfect fit! They provided training, literature, suggestions for games, for creating visual aids, and a structure. Experience Corps Bay Area connects retired seniors with elementary schools in Oakland where the need is the greatest. Their objective is to keep us active and involved in the community while at the same time, help the youth of Oakland to succeed educationally. I have made new friends from age 8 to 88. I have been volunteering since 2007, and I can actually see that I have made a difference in the lives of my students, some who have already started high school.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Experience Corps gives volunteers the tools they need to address one of our most pressing problems: giving all our community's children a high-quality education. As a volunteer myself, I'm part of a team with great adults (staff and volunteers) and charming kids. I work at Sankofa, an Oakland school community that is giving its all under difficult circumstances. If I can help, even a little, it feels terrific!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more volunteers, so that every Oakland kid who needs help with reading could get one-on-one attention from a caring adult.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Enthusiastic staff, offers many training opportunities and social gatherings for volunteers, professionally managed.

A few of the mandatory trainings were not very helpful but still a good idea

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

grateful to have a place to share experience strength and hope to the future that is so bombarded with distractions. as a volunteer i get the opportunity of making an impact on the real sense of self definition for the children with the hope of them being able to see through reading many possibilities of what seemed impossible.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase outreach sharing with other organizations that have people age 50+ that are seeking volunteer work and unaware of the services provided through ECBA

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

What does it feel like to enable a child to believe in themselves? Experience Corps gives me that opportunity to work with children preparing them for a future that should be limitless.

How many of us feel that we are not good at something? As I examined myself, I found that the foundation about things that I am not good at, stem from my childhood. I lost confidence at an early age because I gave up on myself or was told that I'm not good at something.

I have the unique opportunity to instill confidence in a young child before they give up on themselves. This is a very powerful and rewarding gift.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that we get more volunteers because there is a tremendous need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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