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.
J. O. Combs Unified School District and United Way of Pinal County are bringing Footsteps2Brilliance to ALL Pinal County children! Footsteps2Brilliance is an interactive literacy app to teach your child the love of books and reading.
Click here to go to the United Way website where you can register your children at no cost to you.
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. They will serve as academic tutors in the AARP Experience Corps 3rd Grade Reading Program. If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact program manager Caryl Chase by email or phone.
Results from multiple independent evaluations prove that Experience Corps leads to significant reading gains for students who have struggled with reading.
Apply Today To Become a Volunteer
Click on the button below to open the volunteer application.
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For more information:
Program Manager — AARP Experience Corps Pinal - Casa Grande
Phone: 520-421-8710 ext. 5103
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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.