In summer 2016, the Blackburn Institute launched a successful pilot program to connect students with mentors (Blackburn Society members, Advisory Board members, or Fellows) on experiential learning projects that had a positive impact on the state of Alabama. Funding for this program has been continued for summer 2017.

The goals of this program are to provide:

  • Meaningful relationships between students and the rest of the Blackburn community;
  • Structured opportunities for intergenerational collaboration and learning;
  • Experiential learning opportunities that allow students to take action on their values; an
  • Tangible work products that will be of benefit to community partners and have a positive impact on the state of Alabama.

Experiences will range in duration from 4 to 12 weeks, are completed between May and July, and take place in Alabama or Washington, DC. Students will be provided with a financial award to cover reasonable living and project expenses, up to a maximum of $5,000. There are two paths to participation for both students and mentors:

  • Submit a project proposal for a specific idea (February 20, 2017 deadline); or
  • Review the submitted proposals and request to be matched (March 19, 2017 deadline).

For more information review the linked documents below and contact Mac Griswold (mac.griswold@ua.edu) with any questions.

Project submitted by the February 20 deadline will be posted for review starting on March 1.


2017 Information Sessions