Literacy Tutors



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Various elementary schools throughout San Diego
San Diego
United States


Volunteering as a Literacy Tutor Will Make a Difference in a Child's Life...and Yours!

AARP Foundation Experience Corps empowers older adults (age 50+) to serve in their community where they help to disrupt the cycle of poverty by tutoring children who aren't reading at grade level -- guiding them to become great readers by the end of third grade. Studies show that children who don't read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Only 28% of California's 4th graders are proficient in reading. The statistics in San Diego County are similar. AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a nationally recognized, proven program made up of volunteer literacy tutors who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before completing third grade. Working collaboratively with program staff, you can change the course of a child's life by sharing your wisdom and experience. Our goal is to improve children's literacy, strengthen our communities, and help develop cultures of inspiration in our schools. Experience Corps is part of the extended day program in Lemon Grove, Normal Heights, Central San Diego, University Heights and College area elementary schools.


What is Takes to Be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Our volunteers should have a desire to help children improve their reading literacy. It takes patience, flexibility, consistency, and kindness. Tutors will be provided with a comprehensive pre-service training as well as ongoing training opportunities throughout the school year. A volunteer's willingness to continue learning and improving their practice is essential.

We're looking for people who:

  • Are at least 50 years of age
  • At minimum possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Will agree to and pass a criminal background check
  • Will attend 20 hours of annual training
  • Are available to serve 4 hours a week during the school year, typically 3:30-5:30pm twice a week

No previous tutoring experience is necessary, since training and ongoing support will be provided. We ask for a commitment of twice a week for most of the school year, but we are also looking for substitute reading tutors to fill in occasionally.



  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Learn more by attending an upcoming info session or by contacting us at or 858-581-5880. Just a few hours each week in a neighborhood school can change a child's life -- and yours!  

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