Each year at the Big Celebration we recognize volunteers who go above and beyond in their role as mentors. The following mentors were selected to receive an award for the significant impact they’ve had on their “Little”/mentee and their advocacy of the mentoring program.

Big Brother of the Year: Joe Maiers, St. Cloud, mentor for 10 years
Big Sister of the Year: Hope Hippler, Sartell, mentor for 6 years
Big Family of the Year: Jason & Jen Carlson and their daughter Ruby, Sauk Rapids, mentors for 2 years
High School Big Brother of the Year: Alex Foss, Foley High School, mentor for 3 years
High School Big Sister of the Year: Jes Lemke, Sartell High School, mentor for 2 years

Big Sister of the Year, Hope Hippler, offers the following advice to anyone considering volunteering, “if you want to feel young, mentor a Little. You aren’t too old. Your Little will adore you. You will bring joy and meaning to your life by defending your Little’s potential.”