Big Partner Little Partner

Big Partner/Little Partner (BPLP) is a mentorship program that pairs Gustavus students with youth from St. Peter and the surrounding communities to foster friendship and personal growth. The program started in 1963 and is still going strong! Big Partner/Little Partner pairs meet 2-4 times per month for about an hour. These meeting times are determined by the schedule of the Big Partner (Gustie) and the Little Partner (youth). Monthly events organized by the program coordinators bring together the whole group for fun activities and social-emotional skill building.

Big Partner Little PartnerMission

To build stronger ties between the St. Peter Community and Gustavus Adolphus College by having the leaders of today mentor the leaders of tomorrow through a one-on-one relationship.

COVID-19 Considerations

We are still in the process of determining if Littles will be allowed on campus this fall. Please stay tuned for more updates!

Thinking about becoming a Big Partner? Check out this video on all the reasons why you should do it!

These applications and deadlines will be updated for Fall 2021 as soon as classes begin!

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Coordinators 2021-22


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Kelsey Miller Lead Coordinator (fall) 
Cassie Larsen Lead Coordinator (spring) 
Vincent Nguyen Parent Coordinator 
Libby Markham Student Coordinator (fall) 
Emma Peterson Student Coordinator (spring)
Shelby Zander Logistics/PR Coordinator 
Abigail Laryea Events Coordinator 
Justine Helmbrecht Events Coordinator 
Sydney Stumme-Berg Events Coordinator (spring) 
Kendall Harvey Events Coordinator