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.

Al’s Pals 2021-2022- 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 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 application for Spring 2022 will open the last week of October 2021.

If you are interested in contacting us or learning more about Al’s Pals program, please complete our information form, https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5d9WLuczxLoI7Nc



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

Team Leader:

Drew Richardson  tdrichardson3@crimson.ua.edu 

Assistant Team Leaders

  • Anna Brooks Allen
  • Jackson Borak
  • Caitlin Collins
  • Trip Crowley
  • Gabi Dwyer
  • Jayla Horne
  • Ashley Jacobi
  • Claire Maurer
  • Hannah Menard
  • Elyse Paalz
  • Kayla Pantaleo
  • Bri Pniak
  • Gabrielle Stutts
  • Leah Zahm

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