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.

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.

Mentor Eligibility & Recruitment Wrap-Up

October 2, 2019

Mentor Eligibility & Recruitment Wrap-Up By: Tory Arbach, Program Intern 10/01/19 Here at BCYMP we follow researched best practices in youth mentoring, as established by the National Mentoring Partnership. The best practices for the long-lasting positive outcomes for mentoring relationships are divided into six standards: Recruitment, Screening, Training, Matching, Monitoring/Supporting, …

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Valero Rocket Launch 3.0

September 30, 2019

Valero Rocket Launch 3.0 By: Josie Nelson, Marketing Intern 09/31/19 For the third fall in a row, Valero Renewable Fuels, located in Aurora, hosted a rocket build and pizza party for BCYMP Mentoring Pairs. Fifty people attended the event. BCYMP Mentor and Mentee Pairs were invited to the Dakota Nature …

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August 17, 2019

BCYMP INVITES YOU TO JOIN ITS MENTORING SUPPORT SQUAD You can probably tell a story about someone who helped you when you were a kid. What was his or her name?  Did you know that 22% of youth surveyed today can’t name a single adult who encourages their growth, provides …


Thanks to Bobcat of Brookings

May 17, 2018

BCYMP appreciates the generous support of the Brookings community. Recently, one of our wonderful Mentors, Alison Tappan, was given the opportunity to take their BCYMP Mentees on a visit to Bobcat of Brookings. Our mentor had reached out to Dave Jacobson, the manager, who was delighted to give the two …

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