Student Life's Al's Pals

Click the Give Now button above to help Student Life raise $10,000 for this year's passion project, Al's Pals!

The Al’s Pals mentorship program connects UA students with local Tuscaloosa elementary students to help with homework, reinforce math and reading skills and participate in recreational activities. Al’s Pals provides University students with opportunities for leadership development, community engagement and intercultural learning while helping the city’s youngest scholars love to learn.

Offering Al’s Pals requires funding to cover costs like background checks for UA students, supplies, and events. Thanks to a generous match from Al’s Pals founder, Star Bloom, the first $5,000 of donations will be matched! Your contribution will help both mentors and mentees in Al’s Pals maximize their learning opportunities while improving the Tuscaloosa community as a whole.

Here are some examples of how your gift could be used:

  • $5 covers hula hoops and outdoor activity kits (popular items for UA mentors to utilize with mentee students!)
  • $10 covers a card game activity set
  • $15 covers a kickball set
  • $23 covers one UA student background check (required for their participation)
  • $50 covers a classroom learning kit (flash cards, school supplies, etc.) for use in mentorship activities
  • $75 covers a class set of mentor/mentee memento photos
  • $100 covers an elementary student mentee’s visit to UA campus so they can envision themselves succeeding in college and beyond
  • $150 covers an Al’s Pals classroom incentive party
  • $250 covers a UA Al’s Pals team leader training
  • $500 covers a UA Al’s Pals end-of-year celebration

Join us in making a difference and developing community-minded leaders in the next generation of UA graduates!

If you wish to support Student Life in a different way, consider making a gift to the Capstone Family Fund by going to bamablitz.ua.edu/studentlifecff.

Student Life Match
Star Bloom, Al's Pals Founder, has generously agreed to match all gifts -- up to $5,000.00 -- that are received during Bama Blitz to support Al's Pals. With your help, we can invest in our community by providing opportunities for UA students to become culturally competent leaders as they engage with Tuscaloosa's youth. Give now to double the impact!
$5,000 MATCHED
Affiliation Leaderboard
See what affiliation is bringing in the most gifts for Bama Blitz.
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 235
2 Faculty/Staff 196
3 Parent 58
4 Other 48
5 Student 20
Number of Gifts Leaderboard
Which area of campus will receive the most gifts during Bama Blitz? Make a gift to your favorite area of campus to help make them #1 on the Leaderboard.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Student Life's Al's Pals 95
2 C&IS Industry Immersion 91
3 Sport Wheelchairs for Adapted Athletics 82
4 Culverhouse Student Immersion Experiences 75
5 OTIDE Military Support Fund 70
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