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 2020- 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 fall semester 2020, we invite you please fill out this application by August 26th.

Returning Mentor Application: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3HMTnLaZh7bCyZT

If you would like to participate this fall with the Al’s Pals program, please complete our New Mentor Interest form below.

New Mentor Interviews:




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

Team Leaders:

Abigail Payne and Morgan Pfiffner

Assistant Team Leaders

  • Maggie Bailey
  • Mary Mike Brisbane
  • Trip Crowley
  • Ryan Davey
  • Grace Dooley
  • Gabi Dwyer
  • Alex Pannell
  • Olivia Person
  • Kate Tindel
  • Isabella Villano
  • Lily Wiedmer

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