Partnership with AARP Experience Corps

ESLC tutors 280 children per day, so providing free one-on-one tutoring for each of them requires a lot of volunteer hours. This year, the ESLC entered into a new partnership with AARP Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors in disadvantaged schools.

Ten Experience Corps members joined us this year. Each one served 6-10 hours per week, putting in more than 1,200 tutoring hours from October through March. This time commitment is a tremendous value to our students, who are able to build strong connections with a caring adult who understands their personalities and individual needs.

 When asked why she wanted to join Experience Corps, Lucy Kapp said she’d recently retired from a public schools Human Resources position and wanted a chance to give back to her community. She loves working with children and thought that this would be a good fit.

“I know that I have made an impact because I am seeing them build up their confidence,” Kapp said. “In the beginning, some of them were so quiet and didn’t want to read, but now they smile and read out loud.”

Another Experience Corps member, Emily Olson, is retired from social work. Olson said she is inspired by the children every day because they work so hard.

“I love when there is a breakthrough with a student that I have been struggling with,” Olson said. “We both feel a sense of accomplishment.”

Thank you Alicia, Barbara, Brad, Emily, Jill, John, Lucy, Mary, Sue, and Susan! We look forward to having Experience Corps members with us again next year. They are such a valuable asset to have!

For information about becoming an AARP Experience Corps member, email erin.simon@voamn.org.