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


We envision a future in which all youth in Brookings County have developmental relationships with adults who express care, provide support, challenge growth, share power, and expand possibilities.

Our Core Values



Strong positive relationships are critical across all parts of young people’s lives, but too many grow up without a strong support network of relationships.  We do all we can to increase the number of developmental relationships our youth have.



BCYMP believes that the best community for youth is one in which all organizations work together to support their healthy development.  We actively participate in the exchange of resources and ideas so that Brookings County can best support its youth.



BCYMP is committed to building reciprocal relationships and creating environments in which youth, families and BCYMP volunteers are treated with dignity, heart, and respect.


Generational Impact

BCYMP believes that each mentoring relationship we build and support has the power to change lives--including those lives that Mentees will touch in the future.


Our Program

BCYMP is a mentoring program for all K-12 students in Brookings County.  Any parenting adult may request a BCYMP Mentor by filling our online application form or talking with a school counselor or another adult who supports your child(ren). BCYMP focuses on increasing the resiliency and positive social skills of youth through  evidence-based youth mentoring.  BCYMP is a 501c3 incorporated in April of 2001.

BCYMP has 1:1 community-based youth mentoring and small group mentoring opportunities. We follow best practices in youth mentoring as established by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and everything we do is focused on building and sustaining healthy relationships.

BCYMP Mentors, staff and program volunteers are trauma-informed and also trained in Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework (2017). Research shows that youth with strong relationships across contexts are more likely to have healthy attitudes and assets, and less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors that ultimately result in long-term negative social and health outcomes. Mentoring changes lives.

In 2021, BCYMP received their Disability Mentoring Certification. To complete their certification, BCYMP staff completed over 20 hours of online coursework, contributed to weekly discussion posts, and attended live webinars and cohort convenings, while also creating a plan to improve the disability inclusion practices in their organization. BCYMP was one of just 23 organizations in the nation that completed their full certification.

Why Mentor?

Mentoring showed me that it is important to consistently be there for someone, and it helped me develop more meaningful relationships outside of BCYMP.

I mentor because it is an awesome way to encourage a child in the community and to be a friend to someone who might be going through a hard time.

I think that BCYMP Mentoring is empowering. Kids need a network. It can’t always be one person.

Stay Up To Date With BCYMP

Here is the latest BCYMP news, to view all our blogs click here.

Upcoming! BCYMP Mentoring Information Opportunities!

January 11, 2023

As part of celebrating National Mentoring Month, BCYMP invites you to join us at either of our upcoming events! Wednesday, January 25th 7:30 AM – 10 AM at Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie or Thursday, January 26th 4 PM to 6 PM at Wooden Legs Both events are informal, Come […]

BCYMP 2023 Annual Letter

January 6, 2023

Happy National Mentoring Month! During the month of January, BCYMP celebrates the impact a mentoring relationship can have on a young person. We entered 2023 with almost 50 youth seeking a Mentor. These are kids who truly want a Mentor and we need your help to support adding new adults […]

ICYMI: BCYMP Featured on Keloland News!

February 7, 2022

Thank you to Carter Schmidt and Keloland News for covering BCYMP on Sunday February 6th, 2022. It was a new experience for the Mentees involved and the Mentoring Pairs enjoyed being able to highlight the program. Please take a moment to read/watch the full story: https://www.keloland.com/news/local-news/two-decades-of-service-impact-of-mentoring-program-in-brookings/

ICYMI: New Partnership Brings Career Readiness Curriculum to Community

January 28, 2022

(October, 2021) Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program, ADVANCE’s Young Adult Transitions Program, and Independent Living Choices (ILC) of Brookings are partnering to bring a new career readiness and mentoring program to high school and transition-aged young adults with disabilities.  BCYMP was recently one of 33 mentoring programs nationwide to achieve […]

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