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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 support, or expands their horizons? (Search Institute) And even here in Brookings County, 25% of teens report feeling lonely, anxious, or depressed.

BCYMP works hard every day so more K-12 students in our community grow up with a Mentor.  Research shows that mentored youth have higher academic and leadership outcomes, as well as greater work-preparedness and economic mobility. They are also less anxious, depressed, and lonely.

The average national cost for programs like BCYMP is $1,695 per year/per child; yet, through the help of generous people like you, BCYMP efficiently does this work each year for less than $1,000 per BCYMP Mentoring Pair. Thank you!

Small Steps Take Us to Great Places

Please consider a recurring donation. Walking with BCYMP each month helps in these ways:

  1. To enable BCYMP to quickly serve more kids in Brookings County.  Monthly donors help us match Mentoring Pairs quickly when new needs arise: for example, when families with high-need youth move into our community, or when a parent or guardian is unexpectedly out of the home, leaving a support void that a BCYMP Mentor can help fill.
  2. To provide predictable income. Having a more consistent monthly income will allow BCYMP to plan for larger projects like, for example, revamping our pre-service Mentor Training program and making other organization improvements.
  3. To increase your lasting impact.  A regular gift made over time creates a greater total impact in the lives of our BCYMP Mentoring Pairs and helps build a stronger relationship between BCYMP and you.

Donate online by clicking button below or by mailing a check to 601 4th Street, Suite 107 Brookings SD 57006

What our BCYMP Mentors, Mentees & Parents are Saying

She would hardly talk when I first Met her and towards the end, she led almost all of our conversations.


She gives her opportunities. She takes her roller skating and gives her one on one time without having that mom mentality over her.


  1. I loved seeing the smile on her face when she walked out of the house to come hang out with me because I knew she was excited for our time together.


He helps him with his bowling, plays catch with him so he can improve playing football, and teaches him how to fish.


Helping Mikey set goals and navigate life situations in a positive way I definitely felt like I made an impact. 


Activities are always planned and if something comes up, there is really genuine effort to reschedule and keep that contact and consistent.

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