AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational model in which tutors who are at least 50 years old will work with a struggling student over time. You may not think you’re equipped to be a tutor or mentor to students who struggle with reading. However, the fact that you can read and impart that knowledge to a younger generation is success in itself.
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 schedule two- 1 and a half hour sessions of training
• Can serve between 2-4 hours a week, committing to the same 1-hour sessions each week
• Possess a high school diploma or GED
• Will agree to and pass a criminal background check
• Has access to a device with a strong internet connection as well as a secure webcam connection
The intergenerational factor is vital for AARP Foundation Experience Corps to succeed and for our community to thrive. 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.