The Parentis Foundation is the non-profit arm of Parentis Health, devoted to intergenerationa initiatives with a specific focus on education. Tarek A. El Nabli, the CEO of Parentis Health, and his wife, Arda Kardjian, started the Foundation in 2017 with its flagship intergenerational reading program that pairs struggling K-3rd grade readers with older adult volunteer tutors.
The program, implemented through the nationally acclaimed AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps, empowers both generations with a unique opportunity to enrich lives through literacy. Since inception in 2017, The Parentis Foundation has recruited and trained 150+ volunteers who have delivered over 15,000 tutoring sessions to 570 students at eight program sites across Orange County.
In March of 2020, the world changed and the Foundation was forced to rapidly pivot from traditional in-person tutoring to a 100% online program. The Parentis Foundation managed to even add additional schools into its program, growing its base of volunteers, and raising the largest amount of donations in its history through innovative online giving programs.
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We make a positive impact on children, volunteers, and the community.
60% improvement in critical literacy skills seen in children who receive 1:1 literacy support by Parentis Foundation volunteer tutors.
92% of the tutors reported that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.
ON THE COMMUNITY
We’ve received 100% program satisfaction from all our Program Partners across Orange County.
About Parentis Foundation
Parentis Foundation is the charitable affiliate of Parentis Health.
Our flagship program Experience Corps Orange County* is a community-based volunteer program that engages highly trained people over 50 as tutors to help students become better readers by the end of third grade. It is a proven “triple win,” helping students to succeed, older adults to thrive, and communities to grow stronger. Parentis Foundation changes lives by positively and significantly impacting both our older adult volunteers and the future generation of young readers.
*Parentis Foundation is the Orange County program partner for AARP Foundation Experience Corps
Our Affiliates and Sponsors
Our Founders & Director
Tarek A. El Nabli
Founder and CEO
Arda Kardjian, RN BSN
Founder and President
Executive Director, Parentis Foundation
Since founding Parentis Health (2014) and Parentis Foundation (2016), their mission has been to provide compassionate care to seniors and provide meaningful opportunities for active older adults to stay engaged in the community. In addition to building a successful senior focused Health Care Company, Tarek and Arda realized a need in the community that was missing – opportunities for the active aging community to engage with young children in a meaningful way that would transcends generations.
In 2017, Parentis Foundation was appointed as Orange County’s program partner host agency for the nationally acclaimed Experience Corps, an AARP Foundation intergenerational volunteer-based literacy tutoring program. Nationally, AARP Foundation Experience Corps has been shown to improve the literacy rates of children, enrich the lives of older adult volunteers, and strengthen schools in underserved communities. In holding true to Tarek and Arda’s vision, Parentis Foundation has provided both older adults and children with opportunities to enrich their lives, build self-confidence, and share a sense of purpose through literacy.
Our Volunteers Make a World of Difference
Join us on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 for 24 hours of giving. Parentis Foundation and 17 other nonprofits coming together to raise $300,000 to support Youth of Orange County.
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With your support, our foundation’s work will not only improve and elevate literacy levels of children, it will also empower and inspire both seniors and youth by nurturing relationships across generations.
Parentis Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit #81-1188544