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. – 5:00 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 Coordinator

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 return to their locations and work with their students. Your Al’s Pals leadership team has updated training for the in-person mentoring program to equip you with the tools you need to maximize your time as we return to in-person mentoring. As an educator, I am going to challenge you to really take the 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


Al’s Pals spring semester has started and we are thankful for all those who are participating this semester.

Please watch AL’s Pals tabling later in March for information about Fall 2022 mentor information forms or applications.



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

Team Leader

Drew Richardson  tdrichardson3@ua.edu 

Assistant Team Leaders

  • Caitlin Collins
    Claire Maurer
    Gabrielle Stutts
    Hannah Menard
    Jayla Horne
    Leah Zahm
    Sydney Wood
    Alyssa Wolski
    Ashley Ferguson
    Kate Dansereau
    Lauren Kirk
    Rachel Platt

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