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 17th!
  • 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 CBSL Office. Interviews are scheduled for Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21.
  • Little Partners (Kindergarten through 8th Grade) Apply here! Applications are due September 17!
  • Little Partners - Ninos (en Espanol) Applique aqui! Entrega applicaciones Septiembre 17!

Find Us on Social Media

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

Join us at Linnaeus Arboretum on April 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as various Gustavus and St. Peter/Mankato area organizations host Discover the Outdoors! Admission to the event is FREE! There will be live music from 1:30pm to 3pm. Activities will be provided throughout the event to engage kids and families to get outside together and learn! The event focuses on providing a direct connection from everyday life to the natural world. Organizations will teach topics on and not limited to; conservation, sustainability, outdoor recreation, natural systems, and how YOU can become more connected to the outdoors. Come for the Earth, stay for the fun!

Connect to the event for schedule and weather updates through our Facebook page at Discover the Outdoors 2019.

Upcoming events
Date Event
Apr 28 14 p.m. Discover the Outdoors Arboretum
Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Kaitlin Hanson Lead Coordinator
Ella Napton Parent Coordinator
Carly Miller Student Coordinator
Holly Fitterer Logistics Coordinator
Angie Ramirez ELL/CADA Coordinatorr
Ehsan Ali Asghar Public Relations Coordinator
Nick Piram Lead Events Coordinator
Thomas Fischer Events Coordinator
Paige Reiners Events Coordinator
Abbie Biegner Events Coordinator
Carrlin Meier Events Coordinator