Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring — 2017 Programs of Distinction Designee
The mission of Oasis is to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Its largest volunteer program, Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring, offers meaningful volunteer opportunities to older adults in 20 cities, which includes 73 school districts and 650 schools.
The overarching goal of Oasis Tutoring is for every child who needs a tutor to have a tutor.
This 28-year-old in-school literacy program pairs older adult volunteers with children in grades K-3 who are academically at risk because they are reading below grade level.
In 2016 there were 4,500 volunteer tutors working one-on-one with 9,700 children. Since its inception, Oasis tutors have touched the lives of more than 440,000 students.
They meet with their students during the school day and follow the research-based “Six-Step Literacy Approach,” which includes reading aloud, talking/writing together, reading the child’s stories, working with words, books and writing, and review of previous work.
The program benefits older adults, children, schools and communities through volunteerism, increased literacy and self-esteem, and community building.
The tutoring model is based on the Language Experience Approach, a research-based model for improving reading and language capability that today correlates with the Common Core State Standards as well as other state learning standards.