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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome our New BCYMP Volunteer Coordinator Ali Teesdale and New Social Media Coordinator Laura Hoiten!
Already in 2020, BCYMP has seen many changes. Our recent Volunteer Coordinator Katie Goosen accepted a full-time position with All About U Adoptions as a caseworker. Katie plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work, so working at an adoption agency will serve as a great start for her future …
Even though National Mentoring Month is coming to an end, there is still a need for mentoring more than ever. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Alliance reports 44% of Americans who do not already mentor would consider mentoring and when employers encourage mentoring, 73% of employees report strong career satisfaction. This …
The 2020 BCYMP Night with Jackrabbits happened last week on Friday, January 24. The home game was SDSU’s Women’s basketball team against the popular rival North Dakota State University. Currently, four of the WBB players are BCYMP Mentors: Paiton, Addison, Myah and Tylee.. We are so grateful for the Jackrabbit …
This month is National Mentoring Month, and we are excited to announce one way BCYMP is celebrating. We are thankful for Shane Anderson from Brookings Home Team, Powered by Century 21, Krogman & Co, for helping us celebrate National Mentoring Month. Shane, a BCYMP Board Member, is automatically gifting a …