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

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

Mentoring at a Distance

April 19, 2020

BCYMP’s first Core Value is Relationship, so during this time of social distancing, we have prioritized keeping our BCYMP Mentoring Pairs and Volunteers connected.  We continue to share resources with our BCYMP Mentors  from The National Mentoring Partnership on how to maintain connection at a distance. These include being mindful …

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Brookings: Together We CANNS Do It

April 10, 2020

by Nikki Eining, MSW CSW-PIP QMHP April brings us all a new journey this year. This journey can look very different for each of us, yet similar in a lot of ways. Working from home, temporarily losing a job, enjoying spending extra time with our children, learning how to be …

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Donate $1 to Support Youth Resiliency

April 1, 2020

Written by Laura Hoiten Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) is participating in the Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program for April. BCYMP builds relationships and provides trained mentors for K-12 students in order to increase resiliency of young people in our community. Our #1 core value is …

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Ten Years and Time for Change

March 20, 2020

by Laura Hoiten Can you remember where you worked ten years ago? Where were you living? If you have kids how old were they or were they even born yet? What was your household income? As you may know a lot can happen in a decade — yes, a decade …

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