No campus organization is as important to me as Al's Pals... just ask my friends, I talk about it constantly.
This mentorship program has been a part of my life from the first day of college when I visited Tuscaloosa schools for an Incoming Freshmen Service Day. I have never looked back.
In 2020-2021, the COVID-19 pandemic required that I direct a classroom of at-risk elementary school students and college-aged mentors using video conferencing platforms.
If you have ever interacted with 2nd graders, that last sentence should have made you shudder.
However, the Als Pals team persevered and we had one of our most rewarding mentoring semesters despite necessary digital learning. In fact, our team was so successful that the University of Alabama used our program as an example of triumph in the face of calamity.