City government constantly explores ways to improve the lives of the citizens it serves, but it could not be effective without the help of vital programs and partnerships. One of those outstanding programs is AARP Experience Corps, which brings older volunteers into public schools to help kindergartners through third-graders become better readers.
Experience Corps' unique approach produces significant gains in reading skills, increased attendance and fewer disciplinary problems. Research shows that when the program's volunteer members help children with their reading skills, they become better readers for life.
AARP Experience Corps is a win-win for schools. Experienced volunteers help students while at the same time taking pressure off overworked teachers.
The wisdom and experience of volunteers are priceless gifts that strengthen the culture of the school and have an inspirational effect on communities.
That's why I fought to ensure Experience Corps had adequate funding in my Plan for a Better Baltimore, which I unveiled during the 2012 budget season. Thanks to my efforts, the city restored the program's funding for fiscal 2013.
Many of Experience Corps' volunteers live in the same neighborhoods as the students they work with and are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. The program's volunteer members receive helpful training on effective ways to tutor children and are supported every day by other teammates, a team leader and the teacher.
This program is also important to the sustainability of our city, as assisting children to become better readers today helps to create a stronger work force for the future. AARP Experience Corps is a wonderful way for employees and retirees to maintain an active, important role in the community.
To become an Experience Corps volunteer member, you must be 50 years of age and older to participate, must have achieved diploma/ GED, must complete a 30-hour training, must pass state and federal background checks, and must be willing to serve through June 2013.
For more details or to get involved, call 443-278-9400 ext 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for everyone involved in this great program!