Brookings register | Larson Manufacturing Donates $ 8,000 to Youth Mentorship Program


BROOKINGS – The Brookings County Youth Mentorship Program recently received a donation from Larson Manufacturing Company. The financial contribution of $ 8,000 was made by Larson employees.

“BCYMP is grateful for the generosity of Larson Manufacturing Company. Our mentors help mentees discover who they are and encourage the young person to engage and contribute to the world around them. Our mentors are volunteers, and we don’t expect them to make any financial commitments to be a mentor. We are happy to be able to support our mentors so that they can focus on the development relationship with their mentee, ”said Ali Teesdale, CEO of BCYMP.

The national average cost for programs like BCYMP is $ 1,695 per year / per child; yet, BCYMP does this job effectively each year for less than $ 1,000 per pair of BCYMP mentors. Therefore, this donation will fully support eight pairs of mentors throughout the year. BCYMP currently serves approximately 115 pairs of 1: 1 mentors, supports youth breakout opportunities and has a waiting list of over 30 mentees to participate in the program.

Larson Manufacturing Company employees are used to supporting BCYMP. Besides financial contributions, they have also created tie covers in the past, encouraged employees to be a mentor, and also have families with students in the program.

Research shows that mentors play an important role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior. In turn, these young people are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college, 81% more likely to report regularly participating in sports or extracurricular activities, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their community and more than twice. more likely to say they held a leadership position at a club or sports team. Yet the same research shows that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

BCYMP values ​​companies like Larson Manufacturing Company who believe in the power of mentoring and support the BCYMP mission to increase the resilience of youth in our community and add protective factors by building and sustaining cohesive and nurturing relationships with adults. trained and caring.

BCYMP will be celebrating National Mentoring Month in January. To learn more about this and BCYMP, visit You can also contact Teesdale directly at [email protected] or by calling 605-697-0444.


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