The AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade.

The Issue

Low childhood literacy has negative long-term consequences, and three-fourths of Georgia’s third-graders do not read proficiently. Statistics show that children who are not able to read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school, and this can contribute to a cycle of poverty.

United Way's Role

As the metro affiliate to bring Experience Corps to our region, United Way of Greater Atlanta is partnering with Dekalb County Human Services and Dekalb County Public Schools to recruit experienced community-based volunteers ages 50 and over that will serve as academic tutors in the district After School Extended Day Program.

The Results

Results from multiple independent evaluations prove that Experience Corps leads to significant reading gains for students who have struggled with reading.