Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program
builds and supports consistent and encouraging mentoring relationships that challenge the growth and expand possibilities for both Mentors and Mentees in Brookings County, SD.

To the world, you may just be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.



Support BCYMP’s mission by volunteering as an individual or with a group of friends or work colleagues. 


Mentors change lives. Like you, they have jobs, school, careers, family, but still, volunteer to BCYMP Be One for a child on the waiting list. BCYMP Mentors provide support, challenge growth, and expand future possibilities for youth in our community.


BCYMP works hard every day so more K-12 students in our community grow up with a Mentor. Thank you for partnering with us to change lives.

Our Mission

BCYMP strives to increase the resiliency of young people in our community and add protective factors by building and supporting consistent and encouraging relationships with trained, caring adults.

What our BCYMP Mentors, Mentees & Parents are Saying

"Positively impacting lives, one child at a time, cannot help but positively impact our community as a whole."



"With mentoring, you may sit with someone who has gone through something. I recognize that I don't have all the answers, and I'm okay with that. It's okay to walk with someone through a time offering hope and encouragement. That has value." 



"My mentor has come to my dance recitals, band concerts, and she watched me in the Hobo Day parade. She also helps me with school work, like doing PowerPoints. She’s awesome."



"My daughter’s Mentor shows her things that are possible, that my journey would not have taken us on or that I wouldn’t have access to."



"My daughter has excelled in academics and sports, she is more focused, she is more attentive to me, she listens to me, and does a lot less arguing."


"She makes her a stronger person, she believes more in herself, she is more outgoing, and more willing to do things that she normally didn’t want to do."


"I mentor because I wanted to have a positive impact on a child’s life. My older sister was a great role model and source of support while I was growing up, so I wanted to be able to provide that same experience to someone who needs it."


"Mentoring is a unique opportunity to reach out to someone and share with them a perspective that might be a little different from this everyday life."

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