PALS (Participation, Awareness, Learning and Sharing)

PALS (Participation, Awareness, Learning and Sharing) is a mentoring program that pairs CSU students (Big Pals) with Asian and Pacific American K-3rd students in the Fort Collins community (Little Pals). Participants engage in various activities to learn more about Asian and Asian American culture. 

The goal of the program is to encourage participation of both Big and Little Pals in cultural learning and social activities to nurture a sense of community and friendship among all participants. PALS seeks to inspire cultural and personal pride, and gives Big and Little Pals the opportunity to connect with other people who identify as Asian American and Pacific Islander.

What does it take to be a Big PAL?

+Positive attitude!
+Availability every other Sunday from 10 A.M.- 12 P.M.
+Minimum 2.5 GPA
+Ability to commit year long (meaning both Fall and Spring semesters not including university holidays)
+Pass a Poudre School District volunteer background check

Ready to get involved?

CSU students: apply by September 22 using this CSU student application and submitting to .

Parents of children: Due to the large number of applications and the desire to keep a good mentor-mentee ratio (1:1) we ask that you apply as early as possible. you may turn in applications until  Friday, September 29th--deadline has been extended (original deadline was September 22nd). The Parent Application, when fully completed can be email to 

You may also deliver your applications to the APACC office in the Lory Student Center room 333.
Questions? Email

Session Schedule

PALS and Explore 2017-2018 Session Schedule

If you are looking for a 4th-6th grade mentoring program similar to PALS, check out Explore! This program dives deeper into the Asian American identity and meets the same time as PALS.