Agency on Aging

Experience Corps


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Who We Are

Experience Corps – Greater New Haven is a local affiliate of an award-winning national program whose older adult volunteers helps struggling young students become great readers. 

What We Do

EC volunteers tutor students in Kindergarten through grade 3 who are struggling to learn to read and write. Each volunteer spends 2 or more days a week (average of 6 hours) during the school year tutoring in one participating school or after-school program in Hamden, New Haven and East Haven.

What is Required

Good literacy skills, a love of reading, to enjoy being with young children, patience, flexibility, an open mind, creativity and dedication.  No prior teaching experience or experience working with children is required.  Training is provided and volunteers receive regular support and supervision from Experience Corps staff.

 Volunteers must be age 55 or over, have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must pass a background check via fingerprinting.

Each year begins in October with required training for all tutors.

As an Experience Corps volunteer, you will:

  • Help young children become better readers and students.
  • Share your experience and your love of reading and learning
  • Get hugs and smiles from the students you tutor
  • Have fun & make new friends
  • Learn new skills & enhance ones you already have
  • Stay physically and mentally active
  • Make a real difference in the lives of the children you tutor


This program receives funding from

Community Foundation GNH