Independent studies by Washington University and Johns Hopkins University researchers have proven that our approach improves reading skills for children, helps create a positive school climate, and enhances the lives of older Americans:
- A Washington University in St. Louis study has shown that, over a single school year, students with Experience Corps tutors made over 60 percent more progress in learning two critical reading skills – sounding out new words and reading comprehension – than similar students not served by the program. The program helps students with chronic absences to catch up and acquire the necessary academic skills to succeed in school. Students get a boost in reading skills equivalent to being assigned to a classroom with 40 percent fewer children, and teachers overwhelmingly rate the program’s support as beneficial.
- A Johns Hopkins study has shown that tutoring and mentoring young children improves the cognitive ability and overall health and well-being of volunteers. Experience Corps volunteers reported improvements in mental health and physical functioning (including more physical activity, mobility, stamina and flexibility) and maintained overall health longer. Also, volunteers reported larger social networks and higher self-esteem as a result of their participation in Experience Corps.