Mission: Experience Corps is a community based nonprofit organization that has two primary missions.
First we focus on helping K-3rd grade students in public schools reach grade-level reading proficiency by 3rd grade. Studies show that students who fall behind by the end of 3rd grade have increasingly difficult times in keeping up, graduating and becoming contributing members of their community.
Secondly, we focus on providing people 50+ years of age with the opportunity to utilize their knowledge, experience and understanding to help the next generation of readers. Studies continue to show that older Americans who remain active and engaged tend to live healthier and happier lives.
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.
- 73% of students improved by one or more reading grade levels
- 91% of teachers rated Experience Corps volunteers as good/excellent in the quality of support they provided
Target demographics: young students in grades K-3 who are struggling with their reading skills
Direct beneficiaries per year: 217 volunteers help 3, 224 students with over 27,000 hours of volunteer service
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Redwood City
Programs: Since 1994, we have been placing adults over the age of 50 to work with young students one-on-one or in small groups. The experience of our volunteers, plus the on-going training they provide, insures the success of our program.
Experience Corps Bay Area continually impresses me. The concept of pairing two generations to share their time, energy and ways they see the world is one that's very close to my heart. Seeing this come to life through the work at Experience Corps has been a wonderful thing to be part of. The team behind the work are talented, hard-working and very driven to care for the students, Experience Corps tutors and schools that they work with. And you can see this come through in the positive impact they make in the communities they work in.
Experience Corps Bay Area is a wonderful program that places older adults in Bay Area public schools to provide tutoring and mentoring to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. As a volunteer I provide weekly support to students in first grade classrooms with a focus on reading skills. It is extremely rewarding to witness how a little extra one-on-one tutoring helps children gain confidence and improve skills. ECBA truly values its volunteers and provides excellent training and support.
Experience Corps is a great program! I have been an AmeriCorps VISTA with this program for almost a year and have seen what a strong, positive impact Experience Corps makes in the lives of the students and our members.