AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps of Casa Grande is hosted by the City of Casa Grande in partnership with the Casa Grande Elementary School District and Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth, through our Achieve Pinal committee. 


Make A Lasting Impact

Low childhood literacy has negative long-term consequences, and three-fourths of Arizona's third-graders do not read proficiently. Statistics show that children who are not able to read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school, and this can contribute to a cycle of poverty.
Join A Strong Partnership

As the rural affiliate to bring Experience Corps to Pinal County, Achieve Pinal is partnering with the City of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Elementary School District to recruit experienced community-based volunteers ages 50 and over. The project will expand this fall to include Coolidge Unified and Stanfield Elementary School Districts. Casa Grande Elementary is in the City of Casa Grande, Coolidge Unified is primarily located in the City of Coolidge and Stanfield Elementary serves the community of Stanfield and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Volunteers will serve as academic tutors in the AARP Experience Corp 3rd Grade Reading Program. If you have questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact program director, Myra Garcia by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 480-544-5576.

In The News

AARP Reading Program Reaping Results with Casa Grande Kids: An article published Sunday in the Casa Grande Dispatch (23K) states AARP Foundation Experience Corps “continues to garner success in helping elementary school-age students overcome reading difficulties.” Program manager Caryl Chase “said the results were extremely heartening.” The article highlights several volunteers with the program. Learn more and find additional articles mentioning EC at

Proven Results

Results from multiple independent evaluations prove that Experience Corps leads to significant reading gains for students who have struggled with reading.

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For more information:

Myra Garcia
Program Director— AARP Experience Corps Pinal - Casa Grande
Phone: 480-544-5576
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Corporate Donors

Donate Today

Make a donation to the 3rd Grade reading program!  Donations made via this link are directed to our education-based  501c(3) entity, Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (CAREDF).  Check donations to CAREDF are also tax deductible and may be mailed to CAREDF at 17235 N. 75th Avenue, Suite D145, Glendale, AZ  85308.  Your support is greatly appreciated.