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How Volunteering With Experience Corps Can Change My Community

August 31, 2016 - Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program helping children improve their reading literacy and confidence. Tutoring can have a positive effect not only on the student, but on the volunteer and community as well.

If you desire to help the children of your community improve their reading literacy, learn more about Experience Corps.

Tutoring young children can increase the social and emotional engagement of an individual, which makes a person feel better. The volunteer will thrive because he or she is being engaged and is committed to teaching the younger generation. This will ultimately give the volunteer a feeling of purpose.

Experience Corps aims to establish a culture of volunteerism in the community. Experience Corps is for volunteers over the age of 50, who typically find themselves with extra time to positively affect their community.

Volunteer Requirements

Ideally, Experience Corps will recruit 50 volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. This year, Experience Corps volunteers will tutor at four elementary schools: Brookdale, Porter, Riley, and Southfield. Forty children will be tutored at each school, which allows for roughly 160 students to be tutored this school year through Experience Corps. The overall goal is to improve the children’s reading skills from struggling to proficient.

Because volunteers are working with children of a vulnerable population, there are five requirements a volunteer must meet:

  • Be at least 50 years of age
  • Can participate in 25 hours of ongoing professional development (training)
  • Can serve at least four hours a week for the entire school year (about 30 weeks)
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Will agree to and pass a criminal background check

The intergenerational factor is vital for Experience Corps to succeed and for our community to thrive. At one point in our society, there were more intergenerational connections because people lived closer together. There is value between intergenerational connection—what the elder can teach and what the young can give and vice versa. The intergenerational relationship and mentoring is just as important as the academic tutoring that will take place.