The story of Alabama is a rich heritage of struggle and progress. Our state has confronted history's most pressing social and political conflicts and cultivated some of its most distinguished leaders. Emerging economic development and rich intellectual resources confirm the state's potential, yet great inequity remains. Alabama continues to be one of the poorest states in the country. However, building upon and deeply influenced by the legacies of Alabama's past, the story of Alabama can and will be one of hope and progress for each of its children.
Impact Alabama was founded in 2004 as the state's first nonprofit dedicated to developing substantive service-learning and leadership development projects for college students and recent college graduates. Growing from a team of five in 2004 to more than fifty in 2014, we have quickly grown into the premier nonprofit destination for high-achieving students and graduates to make a difference in their communities.
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After serving hundreds of thousands of families in all sixty-seven counties in Alabama, we've made the decision to expand Impact Alabama to other states and communities. Impact America was formed in 2014 with the mission to engage a generation for change.
Want to be a part of the Impact Alabama story? Apply for our full-time Corps Program.
Impact Alabama Initiatives:
Only 21% of preschoolers receive adequate vision screenings.
FocusFirst Impact Stats
36,520 preschoolers screened
3,866 children found to have vision problems
1,168 individual screenings in all 67 counties
253 college student volunteers
% of EITC recipients paying a commercial preparer in 2012.
SaveFirst Impact Stats
8,615 free tax returns prepared (15% more than 2014)
$15M in refunds claimed
$2.6M in commercial tax prep fees saved
660 college student volunteers
% of students from the bottom quarter of U.S. families earning a college degree
SpeakFirst Impact Stats
$745,000 college scholarships earned by 4 graduating seniors
101 debate practices held
52% of rounds were won by our team members
% of Alabama's high school students who passed an AP exam in 2013
CollegeFirst Impact Stats
333 high school student participants
86 college student mentors
Impact Alabama Photos:
Our mission is to engage students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve. Below are some of our favorite photos of our Alabama initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, SpeakFirst and CollegeFirst.
Want to get involved with Impact Alabama?
The Impact Corps Program is a yearlong service and leadership program designed to place talented, committed recent college graduates directly into communities we serve. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. You'll learn about poverty through lenses of education, health, and economics—all the while making a real difference in the lives of families living in poverty.
You can be a part of the story through a year of service with Impact Alabama.
Resources for non-profits and volunteers:
SaveFirst: Marketing Flyers for Non-profits
SaveFirst / Tax Prep Volunteer Training Materials
Attention current or prior-year volunteers! Apply to be a SaveFirst Campus Fellow in 2014-15
SaveFirst: Locations, Directions
Participating Universities and Colleges:
The University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Alabama A&M University, Athens State University, UA Huntsville, University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, Auburn University, University of North Alabama, Gadsden State Community College, Calhoun Community College, Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Huntingdon College, Jones School of Law, Judson College, Troy University, Wallace Community College, Dothan, Tuskegee University, Jacksonville State University, University of West Alabama
Recently with Impact Alabama
Even as Impact continues to expand across the nation, our hearts will always belong here in Alabama. Read more about all the ways we're working for the good people of our sweet home state.
- The New York Times features Impact Alabama's SaveFirst InitiativeThe article, "Tax Preparers Targeting Poor With High Fees," explores the burden that is placed on low-income families when they face large fees from commercial tax preparers.
- FocusFirst marks milestone: Over 200,000 children screened"The well-being of Alabama children is always our number one priority and I am proud to be a part of this significant milestone," Hubbard said. "FocusFirst's efforts have improved and saved the sight of thousands of children across Alabama and I applaud them for their important work."
- SpeakFirst Student First African-American to Win Prestigious Science ScholarshipFor the first time in its 67-year history, a black high school student has won top honors in the Gorgas Scholarship Competition.
- A different kind of currency for the common goodImpact Alabama represent higher education's role in the ethical development of our younger generation. It takes seriously the idea that there are moral obligations that go along with the privilege of receiving a higher education.
IMPACT ALABAMA COLLABORATORS
Maynard, Cooper & Gale has provided office space and support to Impact Alabama since its inception in 2004.
UAB provides office space for Impact Alabama's initiatives.
Vision Research provides all of the vision screening equipment and manages the analysis of vision screening results for all children screened by FocusFirst in Alabama.
Sight Savers America coordinates all follow-up care, provided free of charge, for children who fail FocusFirst vision screenings.
Architecture Works provides in-kind space for our daily SpeakFirst practices during the academic year.
A+ College Ready has developed a the curriculum that CollegeFirst utilizes with our students and also provides AP teachers during the summer Institute.
FocusFirst is committed to providing free, high-quality vision care to all state-sponsored Pre-K programs as part of our partnership with the Alabama School Readiness Alliance.