Gustie Buddies

Gustie Buddies is a mentorship program that pairs Gustavus students and youth with developmental delays from St. Peter and the surrounding communities to foster friendship and personal growth.  Volunteers meet four times a month with their buddy. Two of which are planned group activities and two are individual meetings. Last year, the group activities included bowling, a Minnesota Twins game, science experiments, canvas painting and many other fun activities.


The mission of Gustie Buddies is to provide a safe environment for youth with developmental delays from St. Peter and the surrounding communities to strengthen personal skills, increase self confidence and build relationships. This will happen through positive and compassionate relationships with Gustavus students who are committed to promoting growth in understanding of themselves and others through dynamic and intentional programming.

Important Dates to Know

  • Fall 2021
    • October 28 - Trick or Treating Event - start at Lund Center
    • November 2 - Individual Week
    • November 9 - Thanksgiving Week - in Anderson Atrium
    • November 16 - Individual Week
    • November 23 - No meeting 
    • November 30 - Birthday Party Service Project - Anderson Atrium
    • December 7 - Individual Week
    • December 14 - Holiday Party - in Anderson Atrium
  • January 2022
    • Most Gusties travel, do an internship, or work during our J-term. Therefore they most likely will not be on campus this month. We encourage everyone to stay connected via zoom, phone call, or pen pals!
  • Spring 2022:
    • February 8
    • February 15
    • February 22
    • March 1
    • March 8
    • March 15
    • March 22
    • March 29 - no meeting as Gusties are away on spring break
    • April 5
    • April 12
    • April 19
    • April 26
    • May 3
    • May 10

How to Apply

Applications have now closed. Thanks for a great response!!

Gustavus Students: Click Here for a volunteer application. Applications are due September 24, 2021.

Community Members: Click here for a buddy application. They are due asap. Thanks!

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Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Briana Hogstad Coordinator
Matthew Keeley Coordinator
Sarah Elliott Coordinator
Joseph Hauge Coordinator
Rachel Butzer-Gould Coordinator