Tempe Experience Corps seeks volunteers for young readers


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Make a difference in a child’s life and consider volunteering for AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a program in the City of Tempe that matches older adults and young students in Tempe to boost reading skills and encourage school success.

Volunteers with the early literacy program don’t need special skills, just a willingness to share their experience, time and patience. 

“During the school year, among the highlights of my week is the time I spend with four young readers helping them gain self-confidence as their reading fluency improves,” said tutor Bev Rogers, who is in her third year with the program. “With high fives, broad smiles and words of praise, it’s an awesome experience to be part of this transformation.” 

Tempe’s program is open to volunteers age 50 and older Valleywide. Attend an information session for more details about Experience Corps and program requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held March 19, April 17 and May 14. Sessions are scheduled 9:30-10:30 a.m. in library program room B of the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.

Volunteers commit to approximately five hours per week September to May. Each tutor is assigned to four students and meets individually with them for 30 minutes twice weekly during school hours.  

Volunteers must undergo background checks, including fingerprinting. Comprehensive training and support services are provided. 

“The training from Experience Corps, and the support of the school staff, made me confident and eager to start working with my students,” said tutor Linda Woodworth, who has been with the program for six years.

For the past 12 years, Experience Corps tutors in Tempe have helped roughly 3,000 at-risk students reach grade-level reading benchmarks thanks to a partnership between the City, Tempe Elementary School District and the national AARP Foundation Experience Corps program. This school year, as many as 500 students are being served at elementary schools citywide. 

“It’s exciting to watch my students improve their reading skills as the school year progresses,” Woodworth said. 

For more details, visit www.tempe.gov/experiencecorps. 

Media contact: Susie Steckner at [email protected] or 480-734-5186.

 

 

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