Each year, 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, Mondays- Thursdays, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:15 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.

Note from Al’s Pals Leadership

I invite you to help us serve the youth in Tuscaloosa through the Al’s Pals program. Our community partners and schools we serve are excited to have us in their after- school programs.  As an educator, I challenge you to really take the time to invest in the lessons, resources, and activities that are planned for you and your mentee to make your time together fantastic.

Thank you and look forward to a great year,

Allison Espey, M Ed.
Assistant Director, Al’s Pals program


Al’s Pals Fall 2024  semester starts September 11th and we have space for YOU!

Please check our Al’s Pals Instagram, @Al’sPalsUA, and click the link in the bio to complete our application for this fall.

A completed application and background check are required before you are placed as mentor in the Al’s Pals program. The link for the background check is in the application.



  • Allison Espey, M Ed.  Assistant Director, Programming and Outreach
  •  Coordinator, Al’s Pals

Team Leader

Leah Zahm

Assistant Team Leaders

  • TJ Carter
  • Wyatt Eason
  • Lauren Herba
  • Stephene Johnson
  • Celaina Outley
  • Josie Ricketts
  • Noelle Smith
  • Sydney Wood

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