Very pleased to welcome Mr. Gregary Brown to the podcast. Greg is the Executive Director of the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps Chicago office. I’ve had the pleasure to meet with Greg a few times now, including touring a local elementary school involved in his program. You are going to enjoy spending a little time with him. In the office, they call him Nice n’ Easy. You’ll soon see why. See his bio below.
Discussion Guide / Notes from the conversation:
Quick overview of both the AARP and the AARP Foundation
The Experience Corps Program – what it does, who it serves, how it works. From their website:
AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade.
We inspire and empower adults age 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.
How big of a problem is isolationism with our senior citizens?
How big of a problem is illiteracy with our young students?
What have been the overall results of the program? Does it build self-confidence in the kids? And how important is that?
What does the training look like for the seniors, the tutor/mentors?
You are working with thirty schools, roughly 180 kids. Are there opportunities for program growth? How big is the need?
The Foundation Podcast Lightning Round!
All guests who appear on the show answer these same four questions:
What is the biggest challenge/problem facing us, but one that we can solve if we commit to doing it?
What is ONE THING that people listening to this show can do RIGHT NOW to affect positive change on the world?
What is ONE THING you want people to learn more about, and how to they do that (read a book, watch a documentary, watch a video)?
Who is ONE PERSON you want people to start paying attention to, and why?
About Gregary Brown:
Gregg Brown is a forward-thinking public policy professional with extensive experience in relationship building, research and policy analysis, resource development, fundraising, project management, and budget and strategic planning.
He directs the Experience Corps (EC) program within the Chicago Metropolitan area. Building relationships with respective Chicago Public School (CPS) representatives, cultivating funding opportunities, and engaging community partners to maintain an environment that can deliver a highly-effective inter-generational, academic tutoring and mentoring program.
Prior to joining AARP, Gregg served as the Director of Policy and Protocol with the United Neighborhood Organization’s Charter School Network. He led federal, State, and local academic compliance for sixteen schools; including the approval of over 5 million dollars in education grants. Gregg has served as an adjunct professor of Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago City Colleges.
Gregg graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter (College freshmen) and beach volleyball.
What is The Foundation Podcast?
It is a podcast about “building the foundation” for living our best lives. And we’ll feature some pretty amazing people affecting positive change and serving mankind.