Used by 19 urban school systems, Experience Corps nationally receives much of its funding from private sources, though in Baltimore, the mayor's office chips in $250,000 a year. A major national funder is AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps.
Linda Fried, director of the Center on Aging and Health at the Johns Hopkins University, recently received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of Experience Corps in Baltimore on both seniors and schoolchildren.
Sylvia McGill, education director at the Greater Homewood Community Corp., which administers Experience Corps in Baltimore, said students in participating schools have been less likely to act out when they get attention from seniors. She said there is anecdotal evidence that the seniors need fewer medical appointments and give up canes and walkers.
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