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Yearly Archives: 2011

Christmas Parties on December 8-9 Offer Theater-Going Experience for Children

This Christmas Season, Fine Dining and the Nutcracker Ballet Came to The Main!

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (December 19, 2011) — Each year, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has to shut the doors to its Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and The Main Youth Center for the month of December, so the staff and long-term volunteers can focus on the enormous workload involved in a Christmas Toy Drive that serves more than 1,000 children in 16 reservation communities. They do, however, give local children an outstanding opportunity to celebrate the holiday season through carefully planned Christmas parties at both centers.

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Main University Graduation on Saturday, December 3

On Saturday, December 3, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted a special graduation ceremony for its fall Main University program. The ceremony took place in the activity room at The Main Youth Center, and the young graduates were encouraged to bring their families.

This year, CRYP had 14 graduates. All participants had to attend a minimum of eight classes during the fall semester to graduate; this semester’s valedictorian attended an impressive 22 classes. “Seven out of our 14 graduates were able to attend, and they brought family members, so we had 16 people at the event,” said Camille LaPlante, CRYP’s youth programs assistant. “Of course we’d hoped that all the kids would be able to come, but several were out of town that day.”

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Christmas Parties for Young Children and Teens on December 8-9

The holiday spirit is in full swing this week at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. At 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, CRYP will host a Christmas party for 4- to 12-year-old children at The Main Youth Center. And at 5-9 p.m. on Friday, December 9, the teens will have their turn to celebrate at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

Both parties have special themes. At The Main, the kids’ festivities will revolve around “The Nutcracker.”

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CRYP Is Already Fulfilling 800+ Santa Letters

CRYP Will Serve more than 1,000 Children on the Cheyenne River Reservation this Year – Support the 2011 Toy Drive by Becoming a Donor or Volunteer!

As Americans sat down this past week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® already were knee-deep into Christmas. At press time, the not-for-profit youth organization had received more than 800 “Dear Santa” letters as part of its annual Christmas Toy Drive, and still more were rolling in.

“We’re definitely on track to serve more than 1,000 children again this year,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “So we want people to know that it’s not too late to support this year’s drive! We still need toys, cash donations and wrapping supplies to make all of these children’s Christmas wishes come true.”

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Teens Host Special Fundraiser: “Christmas Craft Fair” at Cokata Wiconi on December 3

The teenagers who participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Power of Four” (Po4) and “Youth Leaders in Service” (YLS) programs have organized a special fundraiser to support CRYP’s Utilities Fund. On Saturday, December 3, these enterprising young people will host a Christmas Craft Fair in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fair will feature work from a variety of Cheyenne River artists and craftspeople, as well as special events that include a Christmas Bake-Off and a Chili Cook-Off, with a prize for each winner. The chili and baked goods must be entered no later than 1 p.m. for the 1-3 p.m. competition; baked goods categories include pies, cookies and bars.

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“Power of Four” Teens Complete Business and Financial Coursework, Community Projects

This month at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, teenagers participating in the “Power of Four” internship program saw much of their recent hard work come to fruition. Not only did they complete two important community service projects, they graduated from special business and financial classes that will give them critical skills for higher education and their working lives.

In the six-week “CREATE” class, the teens learned about the various steps involved in starting a new business. CREATE stands for Cheyenne River Entrepreneurial Assistance Training and Education; it’s a comprehensive business development class that addresses topics related to starting and growing a business in a remote, economically distressed reservation community.

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Teens Complete Trash Can Project, Create Care Packages for Veterans

The teenagers who participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Youth Leaders in Service” (YLS) program have finally completed their community beautification project, delivering four freshly painted trash cans — each boasting a unique , teen-created design — to the city of Eagle Butte’s playground and baseball field. After conducting a trash cleanup, they were ready to celebrate.

“We picked up about three bags of trash, total,” said Whitney Clapp, CRYP’s youth programs assistant and YLS coordinator. “We celebrated that night with ice-breaking activities and a pizza party.”

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CRYP Seeks Qualified Candidate for New Development Director Position

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has announced that it’s seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the new, full-time, permanent position of development director. The person in this role will coordinate and oversee all of the 23-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s fundraising activities.

“These will include corporate, government and foundation giving, individual and major donor giving, planned giving, event organization and implementation, marketing, donor management and donor cultivation,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That’s quite a mouthful, but essentially it means that we’re looking for someone who can help secure a sustainable future for our youth project, which has come to mean so much to Cheyenne River’s children. We’re on our second generation of kids here, and we want to make sure we continue to be a positive, reliable presence in our community for all the generations to come.”

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Special “Cokata Wiconi Shootout” Fundraiser on November 22

On Tuesday, November 22, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, will host a special basketball tournament as a fundraiser to support the organization’s ongoing operations, programming and services. Christened the “Cokata Wiconi Shootout,” the 5-on-5 tournament will take place from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium.

To raise funds for CRYP, each five-member, one-sub team must secure community sponsorship for its $20 participation fee. In addition, each player will be approaching local businesses and individuals to pledge a certain amount of money for each point that player scores.

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Support CRYP for a Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt

Tickets Are Available for Purchase Until December 24; Drawing Will Be Held Christmas Day

Those seeking a truly one-of-a-kind gift for loved ones have a unique opportunity this holiday season, thanks to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The 23-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization recently launched its 2011 Christmas Star Quilt Raffle, giving members of the public a chance to win the distinctive, queen-size “First Frost” Lakota star quilt.

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