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Experience Matters seeks volunteer mentors and tutors

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Children who do not read at grade level by third grade quickly fall behind and are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

By West Valley View staff

Local nonprofit Experience Matters is seeking adults ages 50 and older to serve as volunteer mentors and reading tutors for Buckeye elementary school students.

Buckeye Family Resource Center is hosting an information session from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at 210 S. Sixth Street, Building 700.

The same day, The Den at the Verrado Coffee Company will offer a session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There will be a third session at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 24.

For more information, contact Sandra Freyer at sfreyer@emaz.org or 602-812-3946. To register, visit https://www.tfaforms.com/4626772.

Developmental research shows that just one adult in a child’s life increases the likelihood that he or she will flourish and become productive adults, according to childtrends.org.

In light of this, Experience Matters has partnered with Big Sisters Big Brothers of Central Arizona in its mentor program, where there are 300 West Valley children waiting to be matched.

Many of these children live in poverty, in single-parent households or have parents who are incarcerated. Provided with a professionally supported, one-on-one mentor relationship, these children can see their unlimited potential.

Experience Matters is also partnering with Read On Buckeye to support early literacy in the Buckeye elementary schools.

Children who do not read at grade level by third grade quickly fall behind and are four times more likely to drop out of high school. But matched with a caring reading tutor, at-risk children are able to significantly improve their reading and comprehension, find joy in reading, and increase their confidence.

 
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