Each year, over 1,000 university students volunteer as mentors to help mentees with completing homework, reinforcing reading and math skills, and participating in enrichment and recreational activities.  Al’s Pals mentors commit one afternoon weekly from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. for 10 weeks during the semester to serve elementary students in 1st through 5th grades at local school sites. It’s a great way to get involved and meet fellow students while making a difference in children’s lives.

Transferable Skills

By taking part in Al’s Pals, student volunteers learn about their civic responsibility to the community, gain conflict management and resolution skills, and refine decision making skills.

Identifying your transferable skills and understanding their value to employers will increase your effectiveness in the job search.

Existing 2020 Grade Leaders and Mentors

We and The University of Alabama want to make sure that students are directed to the resources they need during this time. Please take the time to complete this survey so we can help stay connected and support you during this time. Additionally, if you are in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19, you can submit an emergency assistance application through the office of Student Care and Wellbeing. 

Our team is continuing to diligently work to promote civic engagement and social responsibility during this unprecedented time. Please feel free to contact me or a professional staff member with any questions you may have. Follow along and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


We would like to thank you again for your service to the Tuscaloosa community this year.

If you would like to continue  your service with Al’s Pals in the fall semester 2020, we invite you to complete one of the applications below.

Grade Leaders are responsible for leading a classroom, developing relationships with all mentees, keep the classroom moving, and assisting with mentor recruitment. The deadline for Grade Leader applications is April 10th as interviews will take place via a zoom call from April 13 – April 17.

Grade LeaderApplication: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6DwX6UTyPIv1ZIx

If you would like to return as a mentor please fill out this application,

Mentor Application: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3HMTnLaZh7bCyZT



  • Allison Espey, M.Ed, Coordinator, Al’s Pals

Assistant Team Leaders

  • Maggie Bailey
  • Mary Mike Brisbane
  • Grace Dooley
  • Abigail Payne
  • Morgan Pfiffner
  • Jacob Ricketts
  • Gracie Trulove
  • Sarah Turner

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