Portland, OR  Hosted by Metropolitan Family Service, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler visited Sacramento Elementary School on May 3rd to highlight Portland’s status as an Age Friendly City. The City of Portland sponsors Experience PDX, a Metropolitan Family Service program that harnesses the power of intergenerational relationships to address social challenges and promote racial equity in our schools. The program builds upon the successful AARP Foundation Experience Corps model to realize even greater gains in both academic and social emotional learning for students K – 3rd grade. (Photo credit, Darrin Swaim) AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a national program which taps into the experience and passion of adults age 50 and over to ensure that every child has a chance to succeed in school and in life. Here’s a video about the program housed locally at Metropolitan Family Service:

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Serve as an academic tutor and mentor.
  • Serve in neighborhood schools Child Reading
  • Work one-to-one and in small groups
  • Support children in K-3rd grade
  • Focus on developing literacy skills
  • Build self confidence in the children served
  • Receive excellent training and ongoing support


4-10 hours per week. Some monthly stipends are available. Mentors must commit to serving throughout the entire school year.

Schools Served

Volunteers are placed on teams of mentors at schools throughout the Portland metro area. We are currently serving children in the following schools:

  • Alder Elementary
  • Davis Elementary
  • Hall Elementary
  • James John Elementary
  • Lot Whitcomb Elementary
  • Mill Park Elementary
  • North Gresham Elementary
  • Parklane Elementary
  • Prescott Elementary
  • Sacramento Elementary
  • Woodlawn Elementary

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