Kids in a Classroom

Originally posted by: Oregonian – Community News / East Metro Edition

MFS AARP Experience Corps Program Coordinator Jessica McLaren was featured in a submission focused on the MFS AARP EC program where older adult volunteer mentors work one-on-one and in small groups with young children in area elementary schools, providing needed support and attention for students to succeed academically.

“AARP Experience Corps is an intergenerational program that focuses on helping children become great readers before finishing third grade.  All mentors work directly with the students.  ‘Our mentors know they are making a difference in the lives of children,’ said Jessica McLaren, program coordinator.  By their active involvement, these dedicated volunteers help the children, the school and the community. ‘We have a wonderful group of dedicated people who love what they do, and return year after year,’ McLaren said.  But the need continues to grow. More volunteers are needed for the coming fall.

AARP Experience Corps is an award-winning national nonprofit program that is housed locally at Metropolitan Family Service, an organization which creates opportunities that bridge generations and inspires all people to live their best life.”