In 1993, a group of concerned citizens, including Auburn University President Wilford Bailey, Auburn History Professor Emeritus Wayne Flynt, Social Work Pioneer Eulene Hawkins and Alabama Baptist Convention President Earl Potts, came together to form Alabama Possible, then known as the Alabama Poverty Project. They joined with others across the South to study poverty, publicize their findings, teach undergraduates what they had learned, and mobilize public policy to bring about systems change.
Today, AP continues that work through education, collaboration, and advocacy to reduce, and one day end, poverty in Alabama.
AP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
To be the premier statewide resource to educate communities and develop solutions that reduce systemic poverty in Alabama.
To partner with higher-education and faith-based organizations to strengthen awareness about poverty and its causes while advocating for fact-based policy decisions statewide.
Who We Are
Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty and its root causes by inspiring Alabamians to pursue a state in which no individual’s quality of life is diminished by poverty. AP disrupts misperceptions, raises public awareness and collaborates with residents to reduce poverty and its negative impacts on Alabama’s families. Through its work and activities, AP educates Alabamians about poverty, collaborates with higher-education and faith-based institutions on poverty-reduction activities and advocates for fact-based policy decisions.
What We Do
Alabama Possible works to reduce poverty and its impacts through strategic partnerships with higher education institutions, community partners, policymakers and faith-based organizations. Its programs equip higher-education and faith-based partners with the tools, information and outreach activities they need to understand poverty and address it effectively.
AP’s supporters are committed to leveraging their collective assets to develop creative solutions to reduce poverty. The organization’s work and activities include leadership in poverty education, professional development opportunities, on-site presentations and the provision of information in response to requests from its members and community partners. Our programs include:
Blueprints College Access Initiative. AP’s Blueprints College Access Initiative connects 21st century high school students and their families with helpful resources and relationships so they are equipped to graduate from high school and college career-ready. The Blueprints College Access Initiative applies a ‘near peer’ mentoring model in which college students serve as mentors for high school students. This program demystifies the college-going process by connecting high school students with an information-rich network of supportive coaches who help them make structured decisions while navigating the college admissions process successfully.
Service-Learning. AP leads the service-learning movement by working with its member campuses and community partners to create effective poverty-focused service-learning programs that meet academic and service goals.
Civic Engagement. AP’s programs increase Alabamians’ knowledge about the causes and impacts of structural, multi-generational poverty and encourage the public to apply that knowledge through service, advocacy and philanthropy.