Experience Corps at John Muir
In January 2010, Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) expanded its award winning tutoring and mentoring program to John Muir Elementary. Already established in 23 public elementary schools in the Bay Area, ECBA is part of a national network of 2,000 volunteers who work with children across the country. Experience Corps volunteers are older adults, 55 + individuals who have earned their wisdom and humor and want to give back to children who are at risk of academic failure.
“There’s no shortage of older adults – nearly 10,000 Americans turn 60 every day – and no shortage of kids who need help. We’re working to put these two generations together,” said Lester Strong, the program’s CEO, “Experience Corps works because our members are carefully screened and trained to support local literacy instruction. Most Experience Corps members come from the neighborhoods where they serve. They know these kids, they believe in these kids, and they see a future in them.”
Experience Corps volunteer Ken Stanigar and Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Agee at John Muir. Since February 2010, Ken has worked twice per week in a split 2/3rd grade class. Photo: courtesy Experience Corps Bay Area
“Experience Corps puts a growing national resource, experienced Americans, to work on a pressing national need – giving all students the reading skills they need to succeed,” Strong continued. The children aren’t the only ones who benefit. Research shows that volunteer service improves the health and well being of seniors, too. Johns Hopkins University found that physical activity, strength and cognitive ability increased significantly for Experience Corps members. In addition, 85 percent of volunteers felt that their lives improved because of their involvement with Experience Corps. Volunteering isn’t just good to do, it’s good for you!
Experience Corps volunteers give support to students struggling with academics. You’ll have the opportunity to be a consistent role model for an at-risk child. Monthly stipends of $200-$280 are offered to those who serve ten or more hours per week. No tutoring experience is needed and training is provided. Get involved in reaching and teaching children, pointing to greater success for the school and your community-at-large. To request an application packet, contact Lisa Davidson:(415)759-4223 ldavidson@ aspiranet.org.