Bama Year One is a group that works to develop freshmen’s ethical, service-based leadership skills. In groups of 2 upperclassmen and 20 freshmen, students will follow a curriculum that delves into issues facing Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the nation, and the world, with a focus on serving their communities. The curriculum looks to find how service pertains to topics such as: homelessness, the environment, and food insecurity, as well as defining your values, future, and life map. This is a great opportunity for freshmen to make fast friendships, have upperclassmen guide them through their freshmen year and beyond, and sharpen their leadership skills. It will also provide opportunities to join the Center for Service and Leadership.​


The experience is based around TIDE – Transition to college life, Identify and Develop the students’ interests and strengths with respect to service, and Enable students to discover their unique service passion.

I was ready to transfer and find another school after only one semester here. I found my small group where I meet people with similar interests and experiences to me on campus. I was given an outlet, a place to talk about things that mattered to me and I got to hear perspectives that I had yet to be exposed to on campus.

Bama Year One Small Group

Welcome to the 160 student leaders that are a part of a Bama Year One small group! If you were unable to sign-up for a spot and would like to be contacted if a spot becomes available or are interested in joining in the spring, email

Sign up for a Bama Year One small group.

Transferable Skills

By taking part in Bama Year One, freshmen students develop their civic awareness and engagement skills; hone their interpersonal communication skills; and explore leadership development.

Identifying your transferable skills and understanding their value to employers will increase your effectiveness in the job search.


  • Kendall Kruchten- Bama Year One Team Leader
  • Maribeth Vain- Outreach
  • Meghan Flynn- Curriculum and Training
  • Donedra Falls- Participant Communication
  • Sharle Samuel- Media
  • Nika Valentine- Curriculum and Training
  • Marc Tuthill- Administration
  • Caroline Doughty- Photography
  • Kira Valentine- Events
  • Anne Chamberlain- Community Outreach