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Main University Ends Fall Semester with Completion Ceremony
CRYP to Host 5th Annual Family Day on March 28
"Get Out and Garden" Series of Classes Begins at CRYP
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CRYP is actively seeking volunteers to work in our Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center beginning in February and throughout 2014. 


If you are interested in applying for our volunteer program, please visit our website at www.lakotayouth.organd click on the volunteer link for more information.


Sponsor Enrichment Activities for CRYP Youth


The Main and Cokata Wiconi Teen Center are looking for sponsors to support art and athletic enrichment activities for our after school and summer programs. 


CRYP works hard to introduce the youth who attend our centers to the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle. As part of these efforts, we will be offering weeklong lacrosse workshops in the upcoming months for both children and teens. In order to hold these classes, we will need to purchase lacrosse balls, sticks, padding, and goal sets.


The art program at CRYP is also looking to expand in the upcoming months. We are looking to introduce kids to many different forms of artistic expression, including graffiti art, pottery, and painting.  To allow the kids to experiment with these new art forms, we will have many diverse needs including canvases, paint, paint brushes, clay, glazing supplies, pottery supplies, acrylic paint, spray paint, exterior paint, and sealant.


We are actively looking for people willing to make monetary or in kind donations to fulfill these needs. You can donate online by clicking the link below or mail donations to Cheyenne River Youth Project, P.O. Box 410, Eagle Butte Sd., 57625. 






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Jeremy Patterson

Guthrie Ducheneaux

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March 2014 News
From the Executive Director:   

Julie Garreau - August 2012 Dear Friends,

Spring means many things to many people, including rebirth, hope and joy. Here on Cheyenne River, it means all of those things.

For starters, every spring we host our annual "Passion for Fashion" event, and this year, we welcomed nearly 80 young women to our Cokata Wiconi teen center for a day of fun, pampering and bonding. Even better, by the time the prom rolls around, we'll have provided much-needed dresses, shoes and accessories to approximately 175 teens so they can enjoy what is an authentic, magical rite of passage in American life. Check out our video below if you'd like to see what this year's Passion for Fashion celebration was all about!

We also host our annual Family Day celebration for our kids, their parents and their extended families, and in honor of our 25th anniversary, this year's festivities on March 28 will include an eagerly anticipated community march from the "old Main" on Eagle Butte's Main Street to our contemporary CRYP campus on East Lincoln Street.

And, thanks to our evolving sustainable agriculture program, CRYP is kicking off spring with a "Get Out and Garden" series of classes that include topics such as backyard poultry-keeping, building/designing your own garden, food/craft entrepreneurship, garden irrigation and organic fertilization. We're excited to offer this series, and the summer series of classes to come.

You can read more about what's going on at CRYP here, and on our website, and join our Facebook community for all the latest updates. We have a lot of exciting programs and initiatives in the works, and we couldn't do it without your ongoing friendship and support. We can't wait to share our progress with you!



Julie Garreau
Executive Director


Nearly 80 Teens Enjoy "Passion for Fashion" at Cokata Wiconi 
2014 Passion For Fashion event on Saturday,  March 8
2014 Passion For Fashion event on Saturday, March 8

For 13 years, CRYP has celebrated the strength, achievements and tremendous potential of the young ladies who live on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation through a signature program called "Passion for Fashion." This year, the not-for-profit youth project timed its annual Passion for Fashion event with International Women's Day on Saturday, March 8; together, CRYP staff, 30 community volunteers and 77 teenage girls celebrated the achievements of women everywhere.
Open free to youth ages 13-18, Passion for Fashion allowed guests to select and take home everything they need for this year's prom, from dresses and shoes to jewelry and other much-needed accessories. What's more, CRYP is ensuring that young women who weren't able to attend the March 8 event still can visit the Cokata Wiconi teen center to obtain the items they need.
"At the moment, we're booking appointments from April 1 to May 2 during regular teen center hours, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "With those appointments, we're expecting to reach a total of 175 girls this year. There's still time to make an appointment; just give us a call at (605) 964-8200 and give us your name, grade and the date and time you'd like to come in.
"We're thrilled that we're going to help nearly 200 girls be ready for their high-school prom, which is a veritable rite of passage in this country," she continued. "We're also delighted that nearly 80 girls were able to attend the actual event on March 8, because we topped our attendance from the last couple of years. It was wonderful to see so many excited young women having fun and enjoying each other's company."

To learn more about this year's Passion for Fashion event, click here!


Main University Ends Fall Semester with Graduation Ceremony & Party 



To celebrate the completion of its fall/winter semester of Main University, The Main youth center held a special party and graduation ceremony for youth participants on March 15. All 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main were welcome to participate in the festivities. 


Main University is an eight-week alternative education program that CRYP holds twice a year. The program aims to familiarize young children with the structure and language of higher education in order to introduce them to their options after high school. Staff and long-term volunteers teach classes to the kids on subjects they would not have exposure to in school. The kids choose which electives they would like to attend over the course of the semester. They receive credits for going to classes and must earn a certain number to receive their graduation certificate.


This semester, we offered classes in world cultures, physical fitness, gardening, arts and crafts, and cooking. The kids learned, among other things, why physical fitness is important to their overall health, how to make vegetarian burgers and start seeds for growth, and about the cultures of China, Mexico, and Haiti.


At the March 15 party, all Main students enjoyed games and cake, and Main University graduates received certificates recognizing their accomplishments. To learn more about the fall semester of Main University, click here.  

CRYP to Host 5th Annual Family Day on March 28

On Friday, March 28, CRYP will host its fifth annual Family Day festival in Eagle Butte. To commemorate the not-for-profit organization's ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, CRYP staff and volunteers will kick off the free public festivities at the site of its original youth center on Main Street.


At 4:30 p.m., CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau will say a few words to the gathered crowd at the "old Main," after which the group will march to the youth project's current campus on East Lincoln Street. Guests will enjoy an evening meal in the Keya Cafe at 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium will be home to some serious family fun.


 "We're going to have Pictionary, face painting and a variety of field-day events like an egg-and-spoon race, a bean-bag toss and 'free-throw in three minutes,'" said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "We're also very excited to offer a new activity, which will allow families to build their own miniature greenhouses."


Before they go home, CRYP is encouraging all Family Day guests to add their handprints and their family names to a large paper mural. "Each year, we have a Family Mural Project that is part of Family Day," Eagle Hunter explained. "We hang a large roll of art paper in the lobby, and we ask families to choose their own spots and draw something to represent their families. This year, we thought hand prints and names would be a fun way to say, 'We are all part of CRYP.'"


Previous Family Days have drawn anywhere from 150 to 200 people, according to Garreau, and she said she's looking forward to this special opportunity to acknowledge the organization's quarter-century of service on the Cheyenne River reservation. To learn more about the March 28 event, click here

"Get Out and Garden" Series of Classes Begins This Week at CRYP

The beginning of spring on Cheyenne River also marked the start of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's 2014 "Get Out and Garden" series of classes. Part of CRYP's effort to promote healthy lifestyles and food security on Cheyenne River, the "Get Out and Garden" classes will focus on teaching introductory gardening and food/craft entrepreneurship skills to the community.


The class series began on March 13 with a gardening basics class led by Sturgis-based Bear Butte Gardens. The farmers from Bear Butte taught community members about starting seeds, planting dates, variety selection and much more. The spring edition of the series will feature four more classes with additional guest speakers from the South Dakota area.


The first class is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 at 5:30-7 p.m. Titled "Backyard Poultry Keeping," it's intended for fresh-egg enthusiasts who would like to keep their own flocks. Topics to be covered include chicken coop construction, bird varieties and chicken health. There will be baby chicks, as well. Mark Ford from National Relief Charities will lead the discussion.


To learn more about the next three classes in the spring "Get Out and Garden" series, click here

Thank you so much for your interest in our youth project, and for your ongoing support as we pursue our mission in the community.

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