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.
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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 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



Social Media

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