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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 2:45PM to 5:00PM 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

Step 1: Sign up!

New Mentors: Spring 2018 interview sign-ups are now open.

Use this link to sign-up for an interview during the week of Jan 8-12, 2018.

Use this link to sign-up for an interview during the week of Jan 16-19, 2018.

Use this link to sign-up for an interview during the week of Jan 22-26, 2018.

Use this link to sign-up for an interview during the week of Jan 29-31, 2018.

Returning Mentors:  Spring 2018 renewal applications are open!  Use this link to renew your application.

Step 2: Interview! All interviews take place in the Ferguson Center, 1st floor, within the Center for Service and Leadership.

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. It must include a national search and be less than one year old.
Use 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!

Current mentors and student leaders: if you are interested in a student leader position for the spring 2018 semester, use this link to access the student leader application.

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.

Al’s Pals Staff

Lynette Campos, M.Ed, Coordinator, Al’s Pals
Ken Westerfiled, Graduate Student Assistant: Englewood Elementary
Hudson Kelley, Graduate Student Assistant: Maxwell Elementary
Alice Deters, Graduate Student Assistant:  Benjamin Barnes YMCA and Matthews Elementary
Rolanda Turner, Team Leader:  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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Are you a mentor or student leader? Please review the Al’s Pals Member Manual