Watch this short news clip of the program in action at MFS Community School, Whitcomb Elementary:

Senior mentoring program seeks state funding to expand

More than 50 senior mentors are volunteering in 11 area schools through a program at Metropolitan family Service.


This national intergenerational tutoring and mentoring literacy program matches volunteers age 50+ with at-risk students in Portland area elementary schools, to strengthen their likelihood for academic success. MFS Experience Corps is evidenced-based for 3rd grade reading; a key benchmark for student success.

Currently, this MFS program:

  • Deploys 52 highly qualified older adults from a variety of professional backgrounds
  • Serves 260 children from high poverty communities

Percentage of classroom teachers reporting notable impact on student outcomes:

  • 96% – Improved Reading and Literacy Performance
  • 100% – Improved Student Engagement
  • 98% – Reduced Disruptive Behavior
  • 83% – Improved Regular Attendance

Click below for the full story from KGW 8: