Agency on Aging

Experience Corps


“It’s always a great feeling to see the excitement on a student’s face when they finish reading a book and take it home. I’ve received lots of hugs and thanks.”

I want to volunteer!

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 young students who are struggling to learn to read. EC tutoring focuses on improving students’ reading fluency during biweekly, 30-minute structured tutoring sessions.

Training is provided before tutoring begins (October 1st) and throughout the year along with support and supervision from Experience Corps staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Required

You must have good reading skills, a love of reading and learning, enjoy being with young children, patience, flexibility, an open mind and dedication.  No prior teaching experience or experience working with children is required. No prior teaching experience or experience working with children is required. Familiarity with computers and Zoom helpful.

Volunteers must be at least age 50, have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must pass participate in a free background check including fingerprinting.

Time commitment:
TRAINING: October: 20 hours of new tutor training including completing online course modules, group Zoom training sessions, and small group and individual practices; Ongoing: regular workshops (45-60 minutes - virtual, possible in-person later on)

TUTORING SESSIONS: Minimum 2 assigned students with 1 hour per student per week plus preparation and coaching time

TEAM MEETINGS: monthly 1-hour Team Meetings for peer learning and support, and supervision

As an Experience Corps volunteer, you will:

  • Help young children become better readers and students,
  • Share your love of reading and learning,
  • Watch children learn and grow,
  • Have fun & make new friends,
  • Learn new skills & enhance ones you already have,
  • Stay mentally active, and
  • Make a real difference in the lives of the children you tutor – and your community