The FAM Network is a free program for first generation students at the University of Alabama designed to connect students with alumni mentors (UA alumni and friends) 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. Monthly meetings are required, but mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet more than required. There will be a form that each mentor and mentee will fill out after the monthly meeting. Monthly themes and question sheets will be provided; however, the mentor and mentee are welcome to talk about other things. The student-mentor pairing will last until April 2024, 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 with any questions. Student and Alumni sign-ups are now open for 2023-2024.


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.

Student Benefits

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

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
  • Meet with your mentor once a month and fill out the necessary form for that month

Mentor Benefits

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

Mentor Expectations

  • Be timely in communication with mentees
  • Set goals and expectations for the student-mentor relationship
  • Work with your mentee to develop goals
  • Meet with your mentee at least once a month and fill out the required form for each month