City Partnering with AARP Experience Corps to Launch Tutoring Program

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July 10, 2014 ​AARP Experience Corps and AARP Arizona are partnering with the City of Phoenix and several school district superintendents to launch a tutoring program designed to improve literacy skills for Phoenix elementary school students Only 31 percent of American children read at grade level by the end of third grade. The AARP Experience Corps program utilizes highly trained volunteer tutors 50 and older to help children become proficient readers by the time they finish third grade. The students who receive one-to-one coaching with AARP Experience Corps tutors have shown 60 percent greater gains in critical literacy skills. Teachers also report the tutors make a positive impact on attendance, reducing disruptive behavior, and increase participation. Mayor Stanton was instrumental in securing the program for Phoenix schools as part of Read On Phoenix, his program to get local students reading at grade level by third grade. Phoenix is one of many cities that are committed to improving early literacy in their schools. Read On Phoenix is part of the statewide effort of Read on Arizona, a partnership of agencies, philanthropic organizations and community stakeholders committed to creating an effective range of services to improve language and literacy skills for Arizona’s children. During the 2014-2015 school year, AARP Experience Corps will expand to five Phoenix elementary school districts: Wilson, Fowler, Tolleson, Phoenix and Riverside. If you want to learn more about volunteering, please fill out an application at Orientations will be held on the following days and locations: Tuesday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fowler Elementary School District 1617 S. 67th Ave. Tuesday, July 29, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Burton Barr Central Library 1221 N. Central Ave. Thursday, August 14, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fowler Elementary School District 1617 S. 67th Ave. Thursday, August 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Experience Matters 360 E. Coronado Rd. Suite 170 Contact: Chuck Emmert Phone Number: 602-534-5100]]]]> ]]>