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The Parentis Foundation is the non-profit arm of Parentis Health, devoted to intergenerational 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.