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 3-4 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.

Application Links

  • Returning Big Partners Sign up here! Applications are due September 20th!
  • New Big Partners Apply here to be a Big Partner! - Be sure to sign up for an interview time on the board outside of the Community Engagement Center. Interviews are scheduled for Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27.
  • Little Partners (Kindergarten through 8th Grade) Apply here! Applications are due September 20!
  • Little Partners - Ninos (en Espanol) Applique aqui! Entrega applicaciones Septiembre 20!

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Track Service Hours and Find Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Click the image below to view Big Partner Little Partner's Gustavus Engage page, where you can track your service hours and search for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Gustavus Engage

Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Carly Miller Lead Coordinator
Ella Napton Parent Coordinator - fall
Abbie Biegner Parent Coordinator - spring
Ben Hylen Student Coordinator
Holly Fitterer Logistics
Amy Sanchez Seanez ELL/CADA Coordinator
Bethany Tennis PR
Paige Reiners Events - Lead
Thomas Fischer Events
Cassie Larsen Events
Carrlin Meier Events