|Check Out Our Cokata Wiconi|
|For those seeking memorable gifts that will support a worthy cause, check out CRYP's Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop, located within the teen center. The shop is overflowing with homemade food items, created with produce from the 2-acre naturally grown Winyan Toka Win Garden. These include corncob jelly, jalape�o jelly, spicy apple chutney, mild and spicy salsa, pickled jalape�os, dried corn, dried tea, apple butter, zucchini pasta sauce and dried jalape�os and chili peppers.
Making use of traditional Lakota foods, the gift shop also features wild plum jelly, wild grape jelly, chokecherry jelly, chokecherry syrup and dried turnips. The staff and volunteers are still hard at work preparing foods for the gift shop, so there is more to come - including strawberry and raspberry jam.
The youth project also sells postcards, ceramic coasters and CRYP T-shirts and sweatshirts through the gift shop, as well as shirts screen-printed on site at the youth project. In addition, the gift shop features prints of "Four Horsemen of the Lakota," a painting by renowned artist and Rosebud Sioux tribal member Lynn Burnette Sr. The prints are available in three sizes.
Every dollar goes to benefit our youth programs and services. To place an order, call (605) 964-8200 today.
Or, if you'd rather order online, simply call us so we can determine your shipping costs, and then make your payment via the "Help CRYP" link at www.lakotayouth.org!
|Sponsor a Birthday Cake at the Main!|
Few days in a child's life are as precious as his or her birthday. Unfortunately, for far too many underprivileged children, that day passes with little celebration - if any at all. CRYP wants to make sure that the young children who attend The Main youth center have the birthday festivities they deserve.
Each month, The Main hosts a birthday party for the children whose birthdays fall during that month. To offset the cost of each party, CRYP seeks monthly sponsors to contribute $40 for the birthday cake. Please consider sponsoring a birthday cake in 2013! Every dollar makes such a difference in the lives of Cheyenne River's children.
Board of Directors
Holly A. Annis
For more info and bios, click here
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CRYP relies on in-kind donations as well as funding to continue our mission. If you'd like to help, please check out our Needs List
. You also may contact us at (605) 964-8200 if you'd like a copy of our most up-to-date list and price quotes for particular needs. Thank you for your support!
The Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities.
| From the Executive Director: |
Summer seems to fly faster and faster with each passing year - already, kids across the country are headed back to school. And here at CRYP, we're shifting gears from summer vacation to fall programs and activities. Next week, we'll welcome our Family Services
members to our annual School Supplies Drive
distribution, which allows kids of all ages to take home all the items they need for a positive, successful start to the school year. To all of you who supported this year's drive: Thank you! We're so deeply grateful, and we guarantee that every dollar you contributed made a big difference for our children.
Hot on the heels of the distribution is Labor Day weekend, known as "Fair Weekend
" here on Cheyenne River! CRYP staff and volunteers are planning a variety of exciting, fun activities for families who are planning to attend the festivities this year.
And then we launch into fall programming. There will be a lot to talk about, and we'll do our best to keep you posted through this e-newsletter and our routine e-blasts, but we now have an even better resource for you. We've launched a new website at lakotayouth.org
! Check it out for all the latest news and videos, program descriptions, volunteer information, job and internship postings, and (drum roll!) an up-to-date calendar of what's happening daily at our East Lincoln Street campus. We've even included a few quick links in our e-newsletter sidebar (see box at left) to help you find the information that interests you most.
Thank you again, for all that you do. Best wishes for a successful start to another school year, and a happy, healthy fall season, wherever you call home!
CRYP Concludes First-Ever Garden & Wellness Teen Internship Program
CRYP has concluded its first-ever teen internship program focused on youth wellness programming and the Winyan Toka Win ("Leading Lady") garden. This summer, 10 Cheyenne River teenagers each provided 60 hours of service at the youth project's East Lincoln Street campus, earning a $500 stipend in the process. Diabetes Action Research (DARE) provided the funding for the stipends.
"Theola and Teesha Schad, Sierra Jewett, Justin Cook-Twite, Sage Good Shield, Rhyley Dillabaugh, Kathleen Smith, Meta Charger, Khalid Garreau and Miles Livermont were our first wellness interns, and they did
a great job this summer," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "Not only did they learn the basics of gardening, processing and canning, they also received their CPR and food handler's certifications and attended special training sessions in financial literacy, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, nutrition and
diabetes prevention. They also put in a lot of wellness and exercise time so they would form new, healthy habits; their hard work and dedication was so inspiring."
Khalid Garreau processing, top photo. Sisters Theola and Teesha Shad harvesting, above.
Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, said she hoped to see the internship program return in summer 2014. "We're really looking forward to getting our teens even more involved in the garden and in our wellness programming," she explained. "Not only will they develop a strong work ethic and take on a valuable leadership role at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, they'll learn so much about respecting the land, the water and the foods we're growing.
"They'll learn about sustainability, from rain-water harvesting and drip-irrigation to food preservation methods like canning and drying," she continued. "And perhaps more importantly, they'll learn to incorporate Lakota principles into everything they do, which will enhance their connectedness to both their land and their culture. We're excited, because we've always envisioned our garden as an outdoor fitness center, a health food store, an engine for economic development and a classroom for all ages. With the new internship program, we can see that vision come to life."
A Series of Special Events End the
CRYP Summer Season with a Bang!
The staff and volunteers at CRYP have been working hard to close out the summer with a bang. They kicked off two weeks' worth of special events on Friday, August 16, with the final Midnight Basketball event of the summer 2013 season. According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director, more than 80 teens attended the season-end basketball tournament at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. Registration started at 6:30 p.m. that evening, and the festivities ended at 1 a.m. with a special breakfast.
This summer's final Midnight Basketball on Aug. 16, at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi teen center.
Next, on Friday, August 23, CRYP will host a special "Sing the Summer Out" party for the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center. Scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium, the music-themed party will include karaoke singing and dancing contests, plus popular games such as musical chairs, Freeze Dance, the limbo, conga lines, and Finish the Lyrics. The party is open free to all youth ages 4 to 12, and CRYP staff and volunteers will provide snacks and dinner.
And finally, there's the Eagle Butte Fair, held each year on the Labor Day holiday weekend! CRYP is planning to hold a Rummage & Lunch Sale and its weekly Leading Lady Farmers Market on Friday, August 30, and a signature "Fair Weekend" Midnight Basketball event at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 31; this will conclude at 1 a.m. In addition, staff and volunteers are busy preparing the CRYP float for the Labor Day parade that will take to the streets of Eagle Butte on Monday, September 2.
CRYP Seeks to Fill AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Position in Eagle Butte
CRYP has announced that it is seeking to fill a critical volunteer position at its Eagle Butte campus through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The VISTA volunteer will enhance operations at the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project by providing valuable program support and assistance in daily operations.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with VISTA," said Kellie Jewett, CRYP's development director. "And we're excited to fill this volunteer position, since it's going to be an important part of our resource development, volunteer program and Family Services program. Our organization is a vital part of the Cheyenne River community, serving 1,200 youth and 400 families annually, and our new VISTA volunteer will play a key role in expanding our capacity to raise funds, attract volunteers and serve larger numbers of community members."
The brainchild of President John F. Kennedy, Volunteers in Service to America was founded in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, and it became part of the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA alumni went on to create such well-known antipoverty programs as Head Start and Upward Bound, and VISTA volunteers remain dedicated to helping the approximately 46 million Americans who live in poverty.
"This position with our youth project is the perfect opportunity for a VISTA volunteer to make a real, meaningful contribution," Jewett said. "We have a great need in on the Cheyenne River reservation, where the unemployment rate hovers around 75 percent, and our two counties are among the poorest in the United States. Volunteering here means you can use your knowledge, skills and commitment to make a real difference in the lives of our youth and their families."
To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer position at CRYP, and to find out how to apply through AmeriCorps, click here!
Schimmel Family Visits Cheyenne River!
Earlier this month, the well-known Schimmel family came to the Cheyenne River reservation to share their story. Sisters Shoni and Jude came from humble beginnings on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, Oregon. Shoni was documented in a film called "Off the Rez" as she attempted to be the first young person from her reservation to receive an athletic scholarship to a Division I school - she did, and her sister Jude followed suit. This year, they helped take their University of Louisville basketball team to the NCAA's Final Four. During the visit, parents Cece and Rick Schimmel talked about the importance of commitment, determination, working hard and doing well in school. It was an exciting and memorable visit for all of us here on Cheyenne River!
|Thank you so much for your interest in our youth project, and for your ongoing support as we pursue our mission in the community.|
All of us at the
Cheyenne River Youth Project