The FAM Network is a free program for first generation students at the University of Alabama designed to connect students with alumni mentors who work in their intended career field. Alumni and students’ will meet virtually or in-person throughout the academic year to provide guidance with students’ personal and professional development and goals. The student-mentor pairing will last until April 2022 but students and mentors are free to continue their relationship beyond the program end date. Pairings will be based on availability of both students and mentors. Please contact famnetwork@ua.edu with any questions. 

Students: Click here to be signed up with a mentor

Alumni: Click here to sign up to be a mentor

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What is a First-Generation Student?

A First-Generation student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

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Student Benefits

  • Build a professional network
  • Explore career options
  • Receive career and professional development guidance
  • Develop professional and personal skills

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Student Expectations

  • Be respectful, timely, and professional in communication with mentors
  • Be proactive in engaging with your mentor (try to connect at least once a month either in-person or virtually)
  • Set goals and expectations for the student-mentor relationship
  • Do NOT ask mentors for a job or internship
  • Work with your mentor to develop personal and career goals

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Mentor Benefits

  • Give back to current students
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Stay connected with the University

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Mentor Expectations

  • Be timely in communication with mentees
  • Set goals and expectations for the student-mentor relationship
  • Work with your mentee to develop goals
  • Devote at least half an hour a month to connecting with your mentee