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.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

In my involvement with Experience Corps - Bay Area, I have been impressed time and time again. I have seen young students drastically improve their literacy skills, and better yet...they were excited to learn more. I have seen these older adults inspire these young children to succeed in school and become invested in their own futures. It has been heart warming to see senior citizens light up and thrive in their involvement. I have seen older adults at the risk of isolation come together to socialize and network over a shared passion for education. I heard a stories from volunteers about finding a new purpose in life when they thought they had surpassed the feeling of inspiration, and stories of finding time and discovering new passions in retirement. With this enthusiasm, Experience Corps volunteers not only witness academic growth, but a child who is excited to grow older and a child who admires their life-learned wisdom. Preconceived notions and misconceptions are reconsidered. And along side these blossoming students and seniors with rejuvenated quality of life, are the communities that flourish as a result of a more educated future citizenship and tangible proof of a community who cares about it's children.

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