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.

How to Participate

Sign Up 

Spring 2020 New Mentors:

The first step in becoming an Al’s Pals mentor is  scheduling an interview!

Interviews will take place from Wednesday, January 8th- 21st, 2020  in the Center for Service and Leadership, 1100 Ferguson Center, to the right of the Supe Store. For any questions, please call (205) 348-2865. Please bring your phone to access your MYBAMA account during the interview to review your class schedule to confirm availability.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

Current Al’s Pals, you must complete an application for Spring 2020- Deadline: January 13th, 2020

Spring 2020 Returning Mentors: Please sign-up for Spring 2020!

Spring 2020 Returning Grade Leaders: Please sign-up for Spring 2020!

Interested in a leadership position? People who have previously served as an Al’s Pals mentor are welcome to apply to be a grade level leader, email alspals@ua.edu to inquire about Grade Leader application for Spring 2020.

 

Spring Dates to Remember

Spring 2020 Training (Mandatory)

Assistant Grade Leaders, Grade Leaders and Mentors: Tuesday, January 21- Thursday, January 24th , 3:00-4:45 PM, location TBA ( attend 1 of the 4 sessions)

Register for a training session here

Assistant Grade Leaders and Grade Leaders Only: Sunday, January 26th,  4:00- 5:30 PM, Bloom Hillel, UA campus 

Assistant Grade Leaders, Grade Leaders and Mentors: Monday, January 27th-Thursday, January 30th, 3:00- 5:00 PM, at the Site where you are serving Spring 2020.

Background Check

Please have an up-to-date background check. Options for a background check are:

  • Email us a copy of your current completed background check from previous employment or volunteer activity. It must include a national search and be less than one year old.
  • Use Risk Mitigation: This is through the University and costs $23. If you have website errors, please contact info@riskmitigation.us

Once you complete the background check, please complete this Google Form.

Orientation

Attend orientation session and online training manual..

Interested in a leadership position? People who have previously served as an Al’s Pals mentor are welcome to apply to be a grade level leader.

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.

Leadership

Staff

  • Allison Espey, M.Ed, Coordinator, Al’s Pals
  • TBD, Graduate Student Assistant
  • TBD, Graduate Student Assistant
  • TBD, Graduate Student Assistant
  • TBD, Graduate Student Assistant
  • Dalton Harris, Team Leader:  Emails and member placements at all sites

Assistant Team Leaders

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

Contact Al’s Pals

alspals@ua.edu

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