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Yearly Archives: 2009

More than 40 teen girls display ‘Passion for Fashion’

The glamour of old Hollywood visited the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota on Saturday, March 7, when 44 teenage girls converged on our campus in Eagle Butte for CRYP’s ninth annual “Passion for Fashion.”

Held in the project’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, this popular event provides support for teens on the reservation who may not have the financial means to purchase formal wear, jewelry and makeup for that most important of high-school experiences: the prom.

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Thinking of volunteering? Consider us!

President Barack Obama recently called for a “renewed spirit of national service,” encouraging all Americans to engage in volunteer work that suits their interests. He has commented that volunteerism not only provides much-needed services in local communities, it proves rewarding to the volunteer.

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition,” the president famously remarked. “It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

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Passion for Fashion ’09 less than a month away

We’re working hard on preparations for one of our longest-running teen programs: Passion for Fashion.

This annual event, created in 2001, provides support for teens who may not have the financial means to purchase prom essentials such as formal wear, jewelry and makeup; it also promotes intergenerational exchange, bonding and positive self-esteem and body image.

This year’s Passion for Fashion will take place at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. All high-school girls on the Cheyenne River reservation will receive personalized invitations; however, Cheyenne River’s junior-high girls are welcome to attend as well.

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Teen Center’s wellness program expands

We’ve come a long way from the days when our only wellness program was Midnight Basketball, held during the summer months.

With the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and a dedicated wellness intern, CRYP is able to offer several programs for its young participants.

Wiyaka Chasing Hawk, the wellness intern, has coordinated open-run basketball games for boys and girls in the full-size gymnasium. He also offers box lacrosse and badminton, and a “5-on-5 Streetball Tourney” and “Hackey-Sack Competition” are on deck this year.

Even more exciting, Cokata Wiconi now has volleyball for area teenagers.

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Eagle Butte community supports CRYP: Dairy Queen sponsorships, Gorilla Grams and more

These are inarguably challenging economic times, particularly for notfor-profit organizations facing drastically reduced donations, massive cuts in general-operations budgets and even the suspension of much-needed grants. While some are closing their doors, others are finding new, creative ways to raise money.

For us, that effort starts close to home. CRYP recently undertook several fundraising initiatives in the local community — initiatives that not only raised funds for programming and operations, but that proved once again that the Cheyenne River reservation stands firmly behind the 20-year-old grassroots youth project.

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‘The Fundraiser Games’ set for Jan. 31

We’ll be hosting a very special fundraiser on Saturday, January 31: a basketball tournament between the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Department and the Indian Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services Department.

“The Fundraiser Games” tournament is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center; the doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door, with ages 6 and under admitted free. Those who donate canned food on the day of the event will receive a discount.

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Sweethearts’ raffle under way: Win a handmade star quilt

Our staff, interns and volunteers are now selling tickets for a new Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser, the Sweethearts’ Raffle. The grand prize: a Lakota star quilt, handmade on the Cheyenne River reservation.

The quilt was made by Denise Lightning Fire and quilted by Kristy Circle Eagle, both members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Due to its many shades of pink and its hints of floral patterns, as well as the raffle’s timing, CRYP has christened it the “Sweethearts’ Star Quilt.”

The fundraiser is already under way. Tickets are priced at $1 apiece or six for $5, and they will be available until the end of the business day on Monday, February 9. The raffle drawing will take place on Tuesday, February 10.

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CRYP thanks supporters for another successful Christmas drive

Thanks to the generosity of countless individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, we were once again able to bring a merry Christmas holiday to the children on the Cheyenne River reservation. This year’s CRYP Christmas Toy Drive served 226 families and a total of 841 children.

“We cannot thank our supporters enough for their help in creating another wonderful, joyous Christmas for our kids,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “It was amazing, as it always is, to see their smiling faces as they opened their gifts with their families. It’s been especially touching to see the generosity of individuals across the economic spectrum, all of whom have been affected by the downturn in the U.S. economy.”

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Reflecting on 2008, our landmark anniversary

With 2008 now officially past, our staff is reflecting on a year full of milestones. Not only did our grassroots youth organization celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, it welcomed much-needed additional staff, expanded youth programming at its East Lincoln Street campus and further developed initiatives that will prove integral to CRYP’s mission in the community.

“In the aftermath of our annual Christmas Toy Drive, it’s a good idea to stop, take a breath and acknowledge what we’ve accomplished this year before we take our first big steps into 2009,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We’ve made significant progress, and we want to let all of our supporters share that with us.

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