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.

How to Apply

Gustavus Students: Big Partner applications are due the last week of September, depending on the year. Applications are available for pick-up in the Center for Community-Based Service Learning. 

Community Members: Little Partner applications are due the second to last week of September, depending on the year. Applications are available at the Center for Community-Based Service Learning on Gustavus Adolphus College's campus or at the following school's office:

  • St. Peter Middle School
  • North Elementary 
  • South Elementary
  • John Ireland Elementary
  • St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran School

Application Links

  • Returning Big Partners Sign up here!
  • New Big Partners Apply here to be a Big Partner!
  • Little Partners (Kindergarten through 4th Grade) Applications for 2017-2018 are now full!
  • Middle Partners (5th - 8th Grades) Applications for 2017-2018 are now full!

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

Coordinators
Name Role Gustavus Email Address
Kaitlin Hanson Lead Coordinator khanso11@gustavus.edu
Megan Kallestad ELL Coordinator mmkallest@gustavus.edu
Erin Peterson Public Relations Coordinator epeter16@gustavus.edu
Brad Williams Parent Communications Coordinator bwillia5@gustavus.edu
Abbie Grevlos Student Communications Coordinator agrevlos@gustavus.edu
Molly Johnston Lead Events Coordinator mjohnsto@gustavus.edu
Ehsan Ali Asghar Events Coordinator ealiasgh@gustavus.edu
Ramiro Perez Events Coordinator rperez@gustavus.edu
Carly Miller Events Coordinator cmille12@gustavus.edu
Angie Ramirez Logistics/CADA Coordinator aramirez@gustavus.edu