Being a teenager is hard.
Did you know that half of teens in the US (all 42 million of them) meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis?
Anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, PTSD, ADD/ADHD... the list goes on.
To make a difference in a teen's life, you have to make a commitment to that teen. BYEP is designed to help 8th-12th graders navigate the difficulties of teenage life.
HOW DO WE HELP?
LEARNING LIFE SKILLS
"At-risk" is a term that doesn't mean much at BYEP. We know every teenager has unlimited potential. Big Sky Youth Empowerment is a program founded for 8th-12th graders to help them build stronger foundations.
At BYEP, we'll help you find what makes you rock. You'll cultivate meaningful relationships and friendships. You'll discover confidence. You'll reach your potential.
Mentors change lives. But the most important life mentors change is their own.
Mentors with BYEP get the unique chance to volunteer with teens who commit to empowering their own lives, and in turn, the lives of their mentors. If you're needing inspiration, challenges, and connection, then, holy cow, you're meant for BYEP.
BYEP provides a program where youth are grouped with peers, mentors, and program managers for weekend adventures and weekday workshops. Adventures build confidence as we explore Montana's outdoors. We also meet one week day evening for workshops with curriculum focusing on building healthy relationships, independent decision making, and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to equip the youth with the skills to make educated decisions towards an empowered and independent future.
Our workshops provide a safe place for teens to check in. One night a week, we share our highs and lows of the past few days. And we learn life skills to help us become independent, successful adults.
Our adventures focus on getting outside so you can grow inside. While in BYEP, you can expect to ski, snowboard, hike, garden, rock climb, whitewater raft, paddleboard, cook, create art, and a million other things that would make this page too long to read.
Mentors truly make BYEP the most powerful program in the country. Every group of teens in our program is paired with highly driven, community-focused mentors who connect with teens both in workshop and out in adventure.
Most of all, you'll grow in BYEP. BYEP is different than other youth programs. Our program is all about making a time commitment to you so you can build a confidence and fire in yourself like you'd never imagine. We can't wait to see you grow.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
"Butterflies can’t see their own wings, and they can’t see how beautiful they are. But people here in the BYEP community saw that in me. They saw that potential... I’m the person I want to be. And for that, I need to thank the BYEP community." – Shay, BYEP Graduate
"You have all these kids that come together from different areas of life. Who have gone through things that you'd never dream of or put yourself into. BYEP has taught me to be way more empathetic, thoughtful, and loving" – Abdul, BYEP Graduate.
"BYEP has changed my life. I've made some amazing friends, become more vulnerable and open, and I feel a connection to a younger generation that shapes the view of my community." – Erika, Mentor
Big Sky Youth Empowerment provides opportunities for teenagers to foster self-reliance, critical thinking skills, and community participation throughout Gallatin County, Montana. As one of Bozeman's most beloved nonprofits, we have plenty of ways for you to get involved.
APPLY TO BYEP
If you're in high school, and you feel like you need just a little extra support in your life, apply today.
Mentors at BYEP are more than volunteers. They're changemakers. Apply today and be part of something huge.
Make a Donation
Making a donation to BYEP means you believe in Gallatin Valley and Montana youth. Give today.