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.

Al’s Pals 2021- Note from Al’s Pals Coordinator

Welcome back to campus!
I really want to thank you for considering to give your time to our program. This year, your time is such a needed resource to the academic success of the students in Tuscaloosa . We are navigating a new normal and the students that we will be able to serve virtually will look forward, more than usual, to the time they have with you.
The opportunity to develop relationships with you, a University of Alabama student, over a screen is going to be as valuable as it would have been in person. Please know, I believe, that each of you have the opportunity to really be the bright light in these students’ day that keeps them involved in their academics and social development this year.
So, I invite you to help us continue to serve the youth in Tuscaloosa through the Al’s Pals program. Our community partners and schools that we serve are so excited to continue to have us work with their students. Your Al’s Pals leadership team and I have been working to develop training for the virtual platform we will use and we will equip you with the tools you need to maximize your time on screen with the students. As an educator, I am going to challenge you to really take time to invest in the lessons, resources, and activities that are planned for you and your student.

Thank you and look forward to a great year,

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


If you would like to continue as a mentor with Al’s Pals in the spring semester 2021, we invite you please fill out an application by February 10th.

Returning Mentor Application: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2s48BYnXgb7zBEV

If you would like to participate this spring with the Al’s Pals program, please sign up to attend a New Mentor Information session in order for your application to be considered.

New Mentor Information Sessions:  ZOOM LINK https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/95029826640?pwd=NW1MaVg2VDRwRTk3c3NOdzN1RW43UT09 

Meeting ID: 950 2982 6640   Passcode:109149

January 19th- 22nd  3PM-4PM

January 25th-Feb10th 5PM-6PM

Only need to attend 1 information session for application to be considered

New Mentor Application (complete by February 10th):




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

Team Leaders:

Abigail Payne

Assistant Team Leaders

  • Maggie Bailey
  • Mary Mike Brisbane
  • Trip Crowley
  • Ryan Davey
  • Gabi Dwyer
  • Madison Ford
  • Mariella Giordano
  • Kayla Pantaleo
  • Elyse Paalz
  • Alex Pannell
  • Olivia Person
  • Drew Richardson
  • Isabella Villano
  • Lily Wiedmer

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