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    Al’s Pals Mentorship Program

    Al’s Pals mentors are required to commit weekly one afternoon Monday through Thursday from 2:45-5 p.m. to serve elementary students in 1st – 5th grade at one of our local school sites for 10 weeks during the semester.

    Each year, over 1,000 university students serve as mentors and student leaders to help their mentees with completing homework, reinforcing reading and math skills, and by joining them in enrichment and recreational activities.

    Al's Pals logo featuring a baby elephant

    Al’s Pals logo

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

    New Mentors access the Fall 2017 application are now open. Please apply using THIS link – interviews will occur when classes resume in August

    Returning Mentors access the Fall 2017 Returning Mentor application HERE – be looking for an email at the beginning of next semester with your day & site placement!

    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.
    If you have website errors, please contact

    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 Assistant: Rachel Guiles, Matthews Elementary
    Graduate Assistant: Bailey Chandler, Maxwell Elementary
    Graduate Student Assistant: Alice Deters, Benjamin Barnes YMCA
    Coordinator, Student Volunteers: Phillip Burns, Englewood Elementary
    Team Leader: Caylee O’Connor, Emails and member placements at all sites

    Assistant Team Leaders:
    Allyson Pitzel – Social media, blog posts and auxiliary
    Caitlin Strohm, Matthews Elementary – Applications, recruitment and flyers
    Daniel Hicks, Barnes YMCA – Auxiliary
    Fiona Coupe – Inservices and auxiliary
    Jaime Carraway, Englewood Elementary – Morale and social media
    Jasmine Blair, Barnes YMCA – Fundraising, grants, and donations
    Khiante Falls, Maxwell Elementary – Carpools
    Leslie Barton, Matthews Elementary – Student leader report review
    Madeline Keeney – General auxiliary
    Marco Santana, Maxwell Elementary – Special events and field trips
    Rolanda Turner, Englewood Elementary – Backgrounds



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