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Experience Corps Bay Area

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Causes: Education, Literacy, Philanthropy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Voluntarism Promotion

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have had an Experience Corps Bay Area member volunteer in my class this past year. My young scholars loved seeing him everyday he came. It even got to the point students were begging to have a turn with "Mr. S". The warmth and caring spirit he brought and shared with my students was awesome. While the goal was for "Mr. S" to work with struggling readers, we both agreed that there were other areas my students needed support in, such as: name writing, alphabet recognition/ sounds, alphabet and number formation, as well as a caring person just to sit down and read and talk to. And probably the most kindest thing "Mr. S" did, was to do extra visits during the week, so he could help more of my students. He even donated funds to help students in need. I am so thankful for an organization such as EXPERIENCE CORPS BAY AREA , who recognize that teachers and students in the Bay Area need good, quality support and blessing us with volunteers such as "Mr. S".

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Experience Corp volunteer in my kindergarten class has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many children. The students she worked with developed their literacy skills as well as their confidence. I really appreciate the Experience Corp Organization and the amazing people who volunteer in our classrooms.