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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 residents to plant next spring. The clubs’ members, BCYMP Mentors and Mentees 8th grade or older, built …
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 also be purchased via PayPal …
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.