The DeKalb County Human Services Department is recruiting volunteers to participate in a new tutoring program designed to help DeKalb students improve literacy skills.

The program, AARP Experience Corps, is an evidence-based literacy initiative aimed at enhancing reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade who are behind by at least two grade levels. Recent data shows that DeKalb students on average have a reading proficiency of 26 percent, which means that 74 percent of students are reading below grade level.

The Human Services Department is hosting informational sessions at the Lou Walker Senior Center2538 Panola Road, StonecrestGA 30058, at 11:30 a.m. on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Thursday, Aug. 22

The tutoring program will begin on Oct. 21, 2019, and will follow the DeKalb County School District 2019-2020 calendar. Participating schools include Stoneview Elementary, Murphy Candler Elementary, E.L. Miller Elementary and Redan Elementary.

Volunteers must be at least 50 years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D to participate.

To register to attend an informational session or to learn more, contact Debra Furtado, Human Services administrator, at [email protected] or (770) 322-2969.