Dates of Project: December 2001 through December 2010
Field of Work: Expanding the Experience Corps senior volunteer program
Problem Synopsis: Sustained relationships with caring adults can make a major difference in the health and well-being of children. Older adults, who are particularly well suited to developing these relationships, also benefit by helping others. Strong social networks and productive activity are linked with helping older adults stay healthy and possibly live longer.
Synopsis of the Work: From December 2001 through December 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded Civic Ventures to first expand Experience Corps, its program in which older adults tutor (with a focus on reading) and mentor kindergarten through third-grade (K–3) students in low-income neighborhoods in five cities (Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington), and then to launch Experience Corps as an independent nonprofit organization and continue expanding. RWJF also funded Public/Private Ventures, a research, public policy, and program development organization in Philadelphia, to evaluate the initial expansion from November 2002 through July 2008.