Experience Corps Baltimore City. Improving life for adults over 55 While by improving the future of our children. Who are we and what do we do.
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Experience CorpsBaltimore City
Improving life for adults over 55
While by improving the future of
Who are we and what do we do
Affiliate of national Experience Corps - award-winning program that engages people 55 years of age and older in meeting their communities’ greatest challenges
Operates in 20 cities across the United States
2,000 plus members mentor and tutor students in grades K-3
National Experience Corps mission – to create powerful opportunities for older adults to meet society’s greatest challenges
Baltimore City is “The gold standard”
Intergenerational programming at its best
Partnership of Greater Homewood Community Corporation and Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
300 Experience Corps members
20 schools across the city
92 percent African American, 7 percent white, and 1 percent other
85 percent women; 15 percent men
Average age 68
For Students – Higher test scores and improved learning environment
For Schools – Better climate for learning, teachers perceive less bullying and less fighting, improved student discipline, increased teacher satisfaction
For Older Adults – Improved Physical, Mental and Social Well Being
Strengthens schools and communities
Provides meaningful opportunities for adults over age 55
Helps children achieve and believe in themselves
Builds social capital
Improves perception of retirees and older adults
Provides students with positive adult role models outside of the home
Experience Corps Baltimore City Mission
“Experience Corps Baltimore City utilizes the wisdom and life experience of older adults to strengthen academic achievement, improve school climate, and create hope for children in Baltimore City schools. As they volunteer to improve the future of the city’s children, these adults also add value to their own lives, improve their health, and renew their sense of purpose.”
Programs and Services
17 Standards of Performance
2 Performance Reviews a year
Classroom Assistant Model
1-on-1 tutoring and mentoring
Significantly Impacts School Climate
32 hours of initial training for Members
Experience Corps Baltimore City has provided 1,000,000 volunteer hours to students in Baltimore City over the last 11 years.
Eleven years old this year
Have grown from three to 22 schools
Partnership with JHU for over ten years
Strong data that supports outcomes for both
children and adults
Developed broad and deep support in city
Schools value program and have proven they are willing to pay for it
Strong relationship with national program
Better test scores: third graders working with Experience Corps members scored significantly higher on the MSA than children in control schools.
Better behavior: in schools with Experience Corps, referrals to the principal for classroom behavior decreased by one-third; referrals in the control schools remained about the same.
Third grade suspensions were one third of those in control schools.