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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.


Board of Directors

Jennifer Christianson, Chair
Stacy Davis, Vice-Chair/Secretary
Wendy Long, Treasurer
Mary Scarborough, Past-Chair
Kathy Miller
Mandi Cramer
Jeremy Paulson
Dave Hopewell
Debra Eilers
Kaitlynn Venner
Mike Mogard
Amy Button
Laurie Smith
Isaiah Crevier
Deidra Knaus


Darla Biel, Executive Director
Cassie Juba, Administrative and Office Assistant
McKinley Lain, JYMC and Recruitment Intern
Tehra Christianson, Volunteer and Mentor Management, Intern


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 ...

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