Panel: Intergenerational Literacy Experience

Intergenerational Literacy Experience

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:30 am to 10:45 am

Join this town-hall style conversation convened by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading about how to achieve bigger outcomes, larger impact, and more sustainable scale in efforts to improve early reading success across the U.S.

Learn more about a highly successful program that is leveraging the time and talent of adults 50+ in service to their communities. AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a volunteer-based tutoring program that connects older adults to meaningful service by engaging them in the intergenerational work of helping young students become better readers.

Caring and committed volunteer tutors provide positive consistent support through delivery of a structured tutoring model for students in grades K through 3rd. The program operates through local host agencies and in partnership with school districts and expanded day providers.

In addition to increasing reading skills, the program is also shown to boost students’ self-confidence and overall academic engagement. Parent and family involvement is an important component of the program. Outreach through program orientations, family literacy workshops, and ongoing communication has been key to securing their support.

Panelists will provide information on the tutoring model, share their experience implementing and operating the program, and present current research on quantitative and qualitative outcomes. Participants will come away understanding the key components of operating a successful volunteer tutoring program during expanded learning hours.


Peggy Goldberg

Volunteer Advisor, AARP Foundation Experience Corps


Kathleen Brennan

Senior Advisor of Research and Evaluation

AARP Foundation Experience Corps

Shelton Land

Manager of Education Programs

United Way Central Georgia

Carmen Hughey

Experience Corps-Macon Data Coordinator

United Way Central Georgia

JoLee Henson

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

United Way Central Georgia