CSD recently completed a two-year, $2 million study on Experience Corps®, an inter-generational tutoring program that places older adults in public schools to help students who have been identified as poor readers. CSD’s research investigated the program’s effects on participating students and on the older adults who provide the tutoring.
Results demonstrate that participation in the Experience Corps® program produced positive health outcomes for students and volunteers alike. Students who participated in the program improved their reading skills significantly compared to similar students not served by the program. The volunteers experienced a statistically significant decrease in functional limitations and depressive symptoms.