With the start of the 2014 school year, AARP Experience Corps is expanding into five Phoenix school districts, and new volunteers are being sought to help with the program.

AARP Experience Corps is a program in which volunteers who are age 50+ tutor children who are struggling with reading comprehension. Volunteers dedicate five hours of time weekly during the course of the school year.

“We’re excited that the program will now be offered to more kids who need help improving their reading skills, and with the expansion comes the need for more volunteers who are interested in working with children on a one-one-one basis,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “We’re hoping to provide at least 10 volunteers per school which means that we’re looking for more than 100 volunteers to get involved.”

AARP Experience Corps will be expanding into the Wilson, Riverside, Tolleson, Fowler, and Phoenix Elementary districts.

“Volunteers do not need prior teaching or tutoring experience,” adds Cathy Gaudio, AARP Phoenix Experience Corps Program Coordinator. “We provide training and all the materials.”

People interested in volunteering must possess a high school diploma and agree to a complete criminal background (fingerprint clearance) and reference check.

For more information on volunteering with AARP Experience Corps in Phoenix, please call (602) 256-4388 or email cathy.gaudio@phoenix.gov.