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Al’s Pals mentors commit one afternoon weekly from 2:45PM to 5:00PM for 10 weeks during the semester to serve elementary students in 1st through 5th grades at local school sites.

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.  It’s a great way to get involved and meet fellow students while making a difference in children’s lives.

How to Participate

Step 1: Submit an application for returning mentors and new mentor applicants!

New Mentors Fall 2017 applications have been suspended until our wait list is exhausted. Please check back frequently and use this link to access the new mentor application – interviews will occur after your application has been processed.  Spring 2018 applications will open in November 2017.

Returning Mentors access the Fall 2017 Returning Mentor application using this link – applications have been suspended until our wait list is exhausted; please check back frequently. Spring 2018 applications will open in November 2017.

Step 2: Interview! All interviews take place in the Ferguson Center, 1st floor, within the Center for Service and Leadership. After applying, you will receive an invitation to sign up for an interview time.

Step 3: 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.
Risk Mitigation: This is through the university and costs $23.
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Step 4: Orientation! More information upon selection.

Step 5: Have fun enriching the life of your mentee!

Transferable Skills

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

Al’s Pals Staff

Coordinator, Al’s Pals: Lynette Campos, M.Ed
Graduate Student Assistant: TBD, Englewood Elementary and Maxwell Elementary
Graduate Student Assistant: Alice Deters, Benjamin Barnes YMCA and Matthews Elementary
Team Leader: Rolanda Turner, Emails and member placements at all sites

Assistant Team Leaders:
Anthony Preziosio, Maxwell Elementary – Backgrounds and carpools
Bria Calhoun, Matthews Elementary – Attendance review
Caitlin Strohm, Maxwell Elementary – Applications, recruitment and flyers
Caylee O’Connor, Matthews Elementary – Placements and auxiliary
Jasmine Blair, Maxwell Elementary – Fundraising, grants, and donations
Katie McCauley, Matthews Elementary – Emails and carpools
Khiante Falls, Barnes YMCA – Carpools
Lauren Feinstein, Englewood Elementary – Recruitment and applications
Leslie Barton – auxiliary
Lexi Lewis, Barnes YMCA – Fundraising, grant and donations
Marco Santana, Englewood Elementary – Morale, social media, special events



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Have you been selected as a mentor? Please review the following manual: Al’s Pals Mentor Manual Spring 2017