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OUR MISSION

The Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) promotes one- on-one mentoring efforts to youth in the community. The program was developed to ensure all youth have the guidance and support of a caring, stable adult. The mentor relationship is intended to empower youth to reach their full potential as contributing individuals in their communities.

OUR PEOPLE

Board of Directors

Jennifer Christianson, President
Stacy Davis, Vice-President
Debra Eilers, Treasurer
Amy Button, Secretary
Kathy Miller
Mandi Cramer
Jeremy Paulson
Dave Hopewell
Deidra Knaus
Kaitlynn Venner
Mike Mogard
Wendy Long
Joel Perry
Isaiah Crevier
Skylar DeGroot

Staff

Darla Biel, Executive Director

Cassie Juba, Administrative and Office Assistant

Haley Kubal, Summer Intern, SDSU Practicum Senior

KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST NEWS.

BCYMP appreciates the generous support of the Brookings community. Recently, one of our wonderful Mentors, Alison Tappan, was given the opportunity to take their BCYMP Mentees on a visit to Bobcat of Brookings. Our mentor had reached out to Dave Jaco...

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I want to give back, but how and when will I have time?” Adam Holtquist is a new BCYMP mentor who recently found himself asking, and fortunately for us, answering those questions. For a while he thought, “I...

While the weather may be slowing some down, we here at BCYMP are busy preparing for several exciting events! Here’s what is coming up on our schedule and how you can support BCYMP at each of these events. G.A.M.E. April 12th, 6-8pm at The Old......

We just discovered that the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has declared this week Random Acts of Kindness Week and challenged people to celebrate and spread kindness! We at BCYMP encourage those in Brookings to participate. We live in such a wond...

At BCYMP we know that both mentors and mentees learn and grow from the mentor/mentee relationship. A mentor that knows and spreads that message is BCYMP’s JYMC and Recruitment Intern, McKinley Lain. In addition to his responsibilities as an intern ...

A mentor can became a very important person to the mentee in his/her life. Someone who has seen this first hand through her work with BCYMP is Amy Button. Amy got involved with BCYMP and joined the board in September 2017. She knew about BCYMP......

On January 18th, BCYMP had the privilege of hosting a Brookings Chamber Mixer in the wonderful upstairs space donated by MetaBank and we had a great turn out! Not only did we have a chance to chat with the many individuals in attendance,  volunteers...

Mentoring makes a difference not only in the lives of mentees, but in the mentors’ lives as well. People who know this well are two great BCYMP mentors, Kaitlyn Venner and Brittany Haberman. Both came to mentor with BCYMP through SDSU. Brittany...

There are many ways to support Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program, as Dave Hopewell, a BCYMP Board Member, will tell you. A few years ago, one of BCYMP’s co-founders, Orv Schmidt, told Dave to check out the program and after learning more at ...

MENTOR SPOTLIGHT: Rachel Paula Rachel Paula has been a mentor with BCYMP for the last three years. However, Rachel’s work with BCYMP began before she became a mentor, as a member of the BCYMP Board of Directors. When Rachel saw a need for more ment...

MENTOR SPOTLIGHT: Ellyn Julius Ellyn has been a mentor with BCYMP since August 2017. Previously, she was involved in Big-Brothers Big-Sisters, a mentoring program similar to BCYMP. When she moved to Brookings she knew she wanted to continue mentoring...

Thirteen Brookings Rotary members (including “our” Dr. Isaiah Crevie) met here yesterday to make and assemble 80 “movie night” gift bags for our Mentees. Kathy Miller, Programming Chair, came to help, too. Thanks! We will dis...

Aurora, SD November 9th, 2017 – The Valero Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Valero Energy Corporation, today presented checks totaling $35,000 to representatives of 5 area children’s charities, from funds raised by the 2017 Valero Texa...

On Sunday, November 18, over sixty BCYMP Mentors, Mentees and Mentees’ family members enjoyed a night of board games and delicious food at GracePoint Wesleyan Church. A grant from Sioux Valley Energy allowed us to cater the amazing dinner from ...

This fall, the SDSU Jackrabbit Youth Mentoring Club (JYMC),  BCYMP’s campus affiliate, partnered with SMSU’s Sociology Club, Brookings Lowes, Sideline Productions, and Edgewood Vista to build four standing garden boxes for the Edgewood resid...

BCYMP will be raffling two SDSU football jerseys at the end of November.  Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five tickets, and will be sold Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 before the last two home SDSU football games, and Nov. 12.  They may......

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program is a local non-profit that facilitates youth mentoring for K-12 students. BCYMP is currently planning the group events for the Spring of 2018 and seeks volunteer partners to organize, host or sponsor events....

Still have questions or would like to get involved? We would love to talk you.