Information for Future Volunteers

How to become a Project Uplift mentor

The first step in becoming a mentor with Project Uplift is to attend one of the upcoming training sessions. The calendar below contains the dates sessions will be offered this semester.

Note, all unmarried applicants under the age of 21 must have parental permission to volunteer with Project Uplift. Parents giving consent for their child to mentor must complete and return the Parent Permission Form to the Project Uplift Office (which Project Uplift sends out to the parents).

Project Uplift Online Training

The training sessions are now virtual- there is no calendar. You go to, search for the “Project Uplift” course, create an account, and complete the modules. It usually takes about an hour, and it will ask you to schedule an interview at the end.

If attending the in-person training session is not possible for you, we also offer it online! You can access the online training here. The online training provides the same information you would have received in the in-person training, at your convenience. Please contact us - (334) 844-4430 or - if you have any questions.

Visiting Project Uplift offices

Current mentors/volunteers and potential mentors/volunteers visiting the Project Uplift office or training sessions should enter and exit Cary Hall using the rear door closest to War Eagle Way and Donahue Drive. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few steps in becoming a Project Uplift Volunteer.

  • Attend an hour of online training session.
  • Present references from three responsible adults. (No family or fellow students)
  • Complete an interview with a Project Uplift Coordinator.
  • Complete a background check with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
  • Complete a national criminal background check using fingerprinting.
  • Submit a TB skin test that is no more than two years old.
  • Complete a driving record check.
  • Complete CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Pay a $10.00 application fee.
  • Complete the Minors on Campus training -
  • Submit to random drug screenings

Note: * All these steps do not have to be completed until after the training and interview.

The volunteer program is an arrangement whereby volunteers and youth establish strong and sincere relationships, usually on a one-to-one basis. However, since the AU Minors on Campus Policy, there must always be two adults present on all outings with mentees. Children in our program range from ages 5 to 12. A little more than half of our referrals are boys. Until July 1979, our program was known as a Big Brother/Big Sister program.