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 2:45 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

New Mentors: Fall 2019 applicant interviews are now closed.

The Al’s Pals office is located in the Center for Service and Leadership, 1100 Ferguson Center, to the right of the Supe Store.

Returning Mentors: Welcome back! Please renew your application for Fall 2019.


All interviews take place in the Ferguson Center, first floor, within the Center for Service and Leadership.

Background Check

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


Attend orientation session and complete online training module.

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.  Look for the grade level leader application to open in November for the spring semester.

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.



  • 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
  • John Kuzmich
  • Abigail Payne
  • Morgan Pfiffner
  • Jacob Ricketts
  • Grace Savino
  • Gracie Smith
  • Gracie Trulove
  • Sarah Turner

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