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.



We believe 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.



We are 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

Following a 1-year statewide initiative that served youth in the juvenile justice system, caring adults in Brookings County decided to create a prevention program for all our kids—a program that focuses on increasing the resiliency and positive social skills through an evidence-based youth mentoring program. BCYMP is a 501c3 incorporated in April of 2001.

BCYMP has 1:1 community-based youth mentoring and small group mentoring programs. 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 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.

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

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Mentor Spotlight

January 4, 2018

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 and applied to BCYMP. Ellyn mentors because she knows she makes …

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Thanks to 3M NEON & Brookings Rotary

December 5, 2017

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 distribute these at the Dec. 3rd Cookie & Craft event, then take the rest to the …

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Thank You to Valero Energy Foundation

November 30, 2017

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 Texas Open and Benefit for Children. Overall, and with the overwhelming support of Valero’s …

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BCYMP Thanksgiving Feast

November 21, 2017

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 Mike Siegel at Midwest Fresh Catering. Everyone loved the turkey …

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