Monthly Archives: October 2011

Christmas Toy Drive Is Already Under Way, Preparing to Serve 1,000+ Children

Help CRYP by Becoming a Toy Drive Donor or Volunteer!

Ruth Carter Stapleton, a prominent Christian evangelist and sister to former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps said it best when she observed, “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” The spirit of the season comes alive when we put aside our own needs and wants to consider how we can best serve others.

Christmas should be a time of magic and joy for children everywhere, but sadly, it is not. Families on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation, as on so many reservations throughout Indian Country, are struggling with budgets that cannot meet basic household needs, much less provide gifts for the Christmas holiday. Their children face adult issues every day, and they have to grow up far too quickly.

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Federal Employees Now Can Support CRYP through the CFC Campaign which Runs through December 15

Youth Organization’s Official Combined Federal Campaign Number: 31023

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (October 31, 2011) — Federal employees and military personnel are now able to support the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an easy way for civilian and military service people to support the 23-year-old, grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization through cash donations, checks and automatic deductions from the employees’ paychecks.

“The CFC is the largest workplace charity campaign in the United States — and the world’s largest, most successful annual workplace giving campaign,’” explained Julie Garreau, the youth project’s executive director. “It’s very exciting for us to be part of it.”

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“Youth Leaders in Service” Teens Launch Blog and Service Projects

Visitors to the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota are going to see a spruced-up city of Eagle Butte this fall, thanks to the teenagers who participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Youth Leaders in Service” (YLS) program. For the last several weeks, the teens have been busy painting the city’s trash cans, and the freshly painted bins are almost ready to take their places around the community.

“Most of the cans will be at the public playground and park, and at the baseball field at the end of town,” explained Whitney Clapp, CRYP’s youth programs assistant. “It’s been a time-consuming project, from cleaning and priming the cans to drawing the designs in our art studio and then actually doing the paint work, but we took our time, did it right and had a lot of fun in the process.”

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Don’t Miss the Fall Fun at the Cheyenne River Youth Project

October may be more than half over, but it’s not too late to enjoy the fall fun at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte. Plenty of regularly scheduled and Halloween-themed events remain on the calendar for those who want to get in on the action.

At the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, regular programs run throughout the week. On Monday, teens can participate in “All Sports Mondays,” featuring basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis and general open-gym time in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium. Also on Mondays, CRYP’s “Power of Four” teen interns hold their weekly meeting.

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“Power of Four” Teens Strive to Become Vibrant Members of Project and Community

As fall programming picks up steam at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, the not-for-profit organization’s “Power of Four” program isn’t getting left behind. The program’s teen interns kicked off their fall season in September and are really hitting their stride this month, embracing activities in all four Power of Four modules — leadership, life skills, job skills and wellness.

Last month, the teens attended a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council meeting, which fit into Power of Four’s leadership and life skills modules. “The teens had a lot of questions about tribal council meetings and what they’re all about,” said Billie Condon, CRYP’s Power of Four mentor/coordinator. “The experience taught them about leadership development, how the tribe implements its leadership role throughout the Cheyenne River reservation and how it manages its finances.”

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CRYP Announces Family Servies Membership Renewal Drive

Cheyenne River reservation residents who apply for a 2012 Cheyenne River Youth Project® Family Services membership or renew an existing membership before the end of this month will receive a $5 discount off the annual membership fee. Those who apply or renew during October will pay $25 for the year instead of $30. Those who apply or renew during October will pay $25 for the year instead of $30.

In addition, when each family turns in its application and pay the membership fee, that family will receive its “Dear Santa” letter for this year’s Christmas Toy Drive. The letter allows Cheyenne River families to request specific gifts, from toys to clothing to shoes, that will make the holiday season a little more joyful.

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Fall Programming Is Underway Throughout October at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center

Offerings Include Art Class, Writing Group, Leadership Groups, Sports and Halloween Fun

Teenagers on the Cheyenne River reservation will have a full schedule this month if they plan to frequent the Cheyenne River Youth Project®Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. CRYP has announced its fall schedule, and between youth programming, wellness activities and Halloween events, October is going to be busy. On the youth programming side, the week of October 10 will see the official launch of an art class in the teen center’s art studio at 6-7 p.m. on Fridays and a writing group in the classroom at 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays.

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Fall Programming Kicks Off Monday, October 10 at “The Main” Youth Center

Fall is in full swing in on the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota, and children who attend the Cheyenne River Youth Project® “The Main” youth center are gearing up for two of the season’s most eagerly anticipated programs: Main University and Fall/Winter Literacy. Both programs officially kick off on Monday, October 10. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main. In this special program, participants may take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting.

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