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Yearly Archives: 2012

Last Chance to Support the 2012 Christmas Toy Drive, Serving More than 1,200 Children

There’s Still Time to Help! Join a Nationwide Movement That Has Included Fully Loaded Christmas Trucks from Communities in Virginia, Missouri and Colorado

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (December 17, 2012) — With just a week to go until Christmas, preparations have kicked into high gear at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Staff and volunteers at the nearly 25-year-old not-for-profit youth organization are working for 12 hours or more each day on this year’s Christmas Toy Drive, making sure that approximately 1,200 children in communities across the remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation will have a holiday to remember.

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Coloradans Brings Christmas to Hundreds of Children on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

Schools, Organizations, Businesses and Families Come Together to Fulfill Hundreds of “Dear Santa” Letters in the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive

The American actress and singer-songwriter Dale Evans perhaps said it best when she noted, “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” And nowhere else is that more true than in Colorado, where schools, businesses, community organizations, families and individuals all along the Front Range have come together to take part in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Christmas Toy Drive, which serves more than 1,200 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

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CRYP Hosts Main University Graduation on Saturday, December 1

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (December 10, 2012) — On Saturday, December 1, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted a special graduation ceremony for its fall Main University program. The 4 p.m. ceremony took place in the activity room at The Main Youth Center, and the young graduates were encouraged to bring their families.

Main University is one of the CRYP’s most popular and enduring programs. 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 CRYP’s “The Main” youth center. Former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell founded the program in 2002.

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CRYP Enters Final Weeks of Christmas Toy Drive Prep, Hosts Parties for Local Children

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As the Cheyenne River Youth Project® moves into the final weeks of its annual Christmas Toy Drive, staff and volunteers are busier than ever as they solicit donations, raise funds, arrange trucks to bring gifts to Cheyenne River and prepare to welcome an army of Christmas volunteers who will spent their holidays on the reservation. They have not, however, forgotten about the children and teens who attend The Main youth center and the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

Although both centers will soon shut their doors through the New Year’s holiday so Christmas Toy Drive preparations can take over, CRYP staff members are making sure that 2012 goes out with a bang. On Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, they will host Christmas parties for kids of all ages.

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CRYP Announces the Appointment of April Bachman as Finance Manager

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is pleased to welcome a new member to its full-time staff. This month, April Bachman joined the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization as its finance manager.

Bachman will be responsible for planning and directing all accounting activities, and she will play a critical role in departmental and organizational management tasks. These include managing the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, The Main youth center and CRYP’s Family Services program, which includes home improvement assistance, heat assistance and all distributions.

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CRYP and Power of Four Teens Will Host Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2

This Month, Teen Interns Also Participated in Roundtable Discussions Devoted to Cheyenne River’s Elders and to Suicide Prevention Efforts on the Reservation

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®, together with the teens who participate in the “Power of Four” internship program, will be hosting its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, the craft fair will feature work from a wide variety of Cheyenne River artists and craftspeople, as well as several special events.

One such event is the annual Christmas Bake-Off, with prizes for the winners in each category. The baked goods must be entered no later than 1 p.m. for the 1-3 p.m. competition; categories include Cookies, Cakes, Bars and Most Delicious.

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CRYP Announces November/December Calendar for Youth Programming/Special Events

Schedule Includes Main University, Basketball Tournaments, Movie Nights, Field Trips, Wellness Activities,“Thanks for Kids” Dinner, Christmas Craft Fair and Holiday Parties

Although its staff and volunteers are hard at work on this year’s Christmas Toy Drive, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is making sure that the young people who attend its two youth centers have plenty to do throughout November and December. The calendar is overflowing with youth programming and a series of special events.

The nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit organization launched its winter season with a bang on Saturday, November 3. That day, more than 75 teenagers and their enthusiastic family members converged on the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center for a 5-on-5 basketball tournament, a video game tourney, a trivia game show, snacks, lunch, dinner and a movie. All youth events were free.

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Community Members Reminded to Start or Renew Family Services Memberships by Nov. 15

Sign Up Now to Receive a Discounted Annual Membership — and Participate in This Year’s CRYP Christmas Toy Drive!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is reminding community members throughout the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation to start new memberships in its Family Services program, or renew existing memberships, by Thursday, November 15. Those who sign up or renew by that date will receive a discount off the annual membership and will be able to participate in this year’s eagerly anticipated Christmas Toy Drive.

“Prior to November 15, we’re offering annual memberships for $25 instead of the usual $30,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That one-time payment covers all members of your family for the entire year. And, if you’re sponsored by Child Fund International, you’ll only pay $10 for the year. CFI will pay the rest.”

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CRYP Unveils Massive Youth Diabetes Prevention Campaign

To raise awareness of the diabetes risk among native youth as well as to educate individuals, families and community members regarding the immediate actions they can take to prevent the onset of the disease, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has launched a large-scale campaign dedicated to youth diabetes prevention. The campaign also provides valuable information and tools for other native communities around the country as they face a similar battle.

The numbers are frightening. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Thirty percent of the indigenous population in this country has pre-diabetes, and of those who already have it, 95 percent have type 2 diabetes.

What’s even more frightening: There was a 68 percent increase in diabetes from 1994 to 2004 among native youth ages 15 to 19.

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

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The American actress and singer-songwriter Dale Evans perhaps said it best when she noted, “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” And nowhere else is that more true than on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation where, each year, volunteers and donors from around the world come together to bring happiness, joy and magic to more than 1,100 children through the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.

While the Christmas season should be a glorious time for children everywhere, many Cheyenne River families find that their budgets simply cannot stretch to cover holiday gifts. Here, where the unemployment rate hovers around 75 percent, roughly 50 percent of households fall below the poverty level. Of the reservation’s two counties, Ziebach is the poorest in the United States, with Dewey in the top 10.

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