What We Do

Above all, we seek a sense of possibility—that our young citizens believe in the efficacy of their actions to make a real difference, that they develop a keen sense of empathy and responsibility for those most in need, that they strive to safeguard every individual's health, well-being, and worth.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to engage recent graduates and college students to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.

In order for our communities and institutions to thrive, we desperately need the talent, vitality, and perspective that only young people can bring. This generation of college students and recent graduates is among the most charitable in American history, with many yearning for an opportunity to make a real difference in communities of need. Impact provides that opportunity through four distinct initiatives that promote change while cultivating leadership.

2015-16 Impact America Annual Report

Our Initiatives:

FocusFirst

FocusFirst ensures that children in urban and rural communities receive comprehensive vision care during their crucial formative years.

SaveFirst

SaveFirst provides America's hardest-working families with free tax preparation services and meaningful opportunities for savings.

SpeakFirst

SpeakFirst uses academic debate as a platform to challenge Birmingham's high school and middle school students and guide them on a path toward excellence in college and beyond.

CollegeFirst

CollegeFirst pairs talented college mentors with promising high school students to strengthen foundational concepts and prepare for the rigor of AP coursework.

Impact University

The university experience should encourage students to develop not only career skills, but also the desire—and the ability—to take responsibility for the larger community. Motivated by this imperative, this generation yearns to play a role in achieving a new vision of society: one in which our understanding of poverty empowers us to alleviate it. And one in which every individual's health, education, and potential to succeed are safeguarded.

Impact University is an inspiring curriculum of resources, articles and films that illuminate real issues of poverty—and real solutions.

Corps Program

At Impact, we don't believe in "entry-level." From Day 1, our Corps Members are on the ground representing us in the community and implementing every aspect of our programs. We look for talented, smart, engaged, committed, and hard-working recent college graduates who will commit to a year of AmeriCorps service to help plan and implement Impact 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.

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Stories from the Line presents bold, honest, and effective documentary portraits that navigate the complexities and nuance comprising the experience of millions of Americans struggling to rise and remain above the poverty line.

Through a series of short films that combine interviews with intimate vérité-style scenes at home with family, at work, and at school, Stories from the Line provides an accessible window into the lives of families responding to the challenges of poverty in America.

Current film students and young filmmakers from all backgrounds can play an important role in raising the level of discourse about families living at or near the poverty line in America. Young filmmakers are invited to submit 4-minute films to a national competition, with the winning filmmaker earning a $10,000 scholarship grand prize.

"It's very hard to say to your child, ‘I'm sorry I can't be there for you because I have to work; I have to pay the bills. I'll have to call you back when I have a break.' And you put them second. I hope one day, she will understand that I didn't run away, that I was there all along supporting her."

Antoinette Miller
SaveFirst Client

Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.