Children who can’t read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school. As an Experience Corps volunteer tutor, you’ll implement a structured tutoring method that helps students become fluent readers by the end of third grade. Experience Corps volunteers receive extensive training, which prepares them to provide individual tutoring and small group work. What’s more, you’ll be engaged in meaningful work, using your knowledge and experience to guide the next generation of readers and help turn their dreams into reality.

What are the requirements to be an EC volunteer?

  • Age 50 and older
  • Can volunteer time to tutor and mentor children who need basic literacy skills and guidance
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Can complete 12 hours of pre-service training
  • Agree to and can pass a criminal background check
  • Can serve at least four hours a week for the entire school year

Do I need to have teaching experience?

No! Most of our tutors don’t have any previous teaching experience. You will receive 12 hours of pre-service training that will cover the essential information you need to know. In addition, the program offers monthly professional development workshops that will help you sharpen your tutoring skills.

Where are the schools?

All of our school are located within the Sacramento Unified School District. You will be assigned to one of our 12 schools based on need and your availability.

Listen to what our volunteers have to say:

“The Program provided all of the necessary guidelines, tools, tutoring tips, needed to successfully engage the children in learning to read.ā€

Susan, Experience Corps Volunteer

ā€œI thought the AARP Experience Corps program was very well conceived and executed, that the training and leadership was well done, and that the experience of tutoring was very rewarding.ā€

Eric, Experience Corps Volunteer