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P.A.L. Program

(Passionate About Learning)

The VAC P.A.L. Program is a free, student-led mentoring program that partners with Fayetteville Public School District. Our mission is to create personal and intellectual growth for both college-aged and elementary students through meaningful relationships, stimulating curriculum, and an alternative learning experience. We hope to encourage ongoing cognitive development within students through interactive activities and empower student leaders to impact the growth of future generations.

Our History

The VAC P.A.L. Program was originally founded as the VAC Literacy Program in 2010 by U of A student Becca Braun and ASG President Billy Flemming. The program started as a part of student government, but after about one year, it was moved to the VAC.  This past year, the Literacy Program was transformed into the P.A.L. Program which focuses more  on fostering a love for learning as a whole as compared to only improving literacy skills. 

Who We Serve

The P.A.L. Program serves approximately 50 elementary school students at six schools in Washington County. The program runs Monday-Thursday at Asbell Elementary, Holcomb Elementary, Leverett Elementary,  Owl Creek Elementary, Happy Hollow Elementary, and Washington Elementary.

Get Ivolved – Become a Pal

The P.A.L. Program has several unique positisons in which students can serve.

Lead Mentor

The Lead Mentor position is open to experienced volunteers looking to grow in their leadership, communication, and management skills and gain resume building experience while making a difference in students’ lives. Lead Mentors are required to volunteer at least two times each week and have additional responsibilities. 

General Volunteer (Pal)

The General Volunteer position, which we like to call Pals, offers the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives through mentorship. 

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