Monthly Archives: February 2012

CRYP Kicks Off New Phase of “Keep the Lights On” Courtesy of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

All CRYP Fund-Drive Contributions Will Double This Year, Through $75,000 Matching Grant

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (February 27, 2012) — Last fall, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® kicked off a special fund drive called “Keep The Lights On.” After two years of declining contributions due to the Great Recession, CRYP launched the drive to raise funds for routine daily expenses that grants typically do not cover — including electricity, heat and water.

Now, that fund drive is about to enter a dramatic second phase, thanks to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community in Minnesota. The Shakopee community has provided a $25,000 grant to support CRYP operations; in addition, it has pledged an additional $75,000 through a matching grant. It will match all contributions from charitable sources, foundations, other tribes and individuals up to that amount.

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Last Chance to Support the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Annual “Passion for Fashion!”

CRYP Needs Dresses and Acessories for its Special Pre-Prom Event by Saturday, March 3

Less than three weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2012 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters around the country have until Saturday, March 3 to send their new and gently used dresses, formal shoes, jewelry and accessories to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus.

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CRYP and the Word Carrier Trading Post Will Co-Host a Book Fair on March 15-16

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (February 20, 2012) – The Word Carrier Trading Post is returning to the Cheyenne River reservation in March! On March 15-16, the Word Carrier will offer its large selection of Native American literature and an array of fair-trade products — including jewelry — for purchase at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center on East Lincoln Street.

The book fair is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. All books will be available at a 20-percent discount to Cheyenne River community members.

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CRYP Welomes Kellie Jewett to Its Full-Time Staff

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is pleased to welcome a new member to its full-time staff. This month, Kellie Jewett officially joined the 23-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization as its development director. The position was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention.

Jewett will be responsible for providing coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities, including corporate, federal, state and foundation giving; individual and major donor giving; planned giving; event planning and implementation; marketing; donor management and donor cultivation. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, Jewett was the perfect candidate for the job — and then some.

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2012 College Night Program Kicks Off with the University of Michigan Law School on February 29

On Wednesday, February 29, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will kick off its 2012 “College Night” program with a presentation from the University of Michigan Law School. The free evening program will take place at 5-7 p.m. in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center’s Internet Cafe, and Cheyenne River youth are encouraged to bring their parents and other family members.

CRYP started the program in 2007, allowing visiting “Alternative Spring Break” volunteer groups from schools around the country to help educate local teens about applying for and attending college. Now in its sixth year, College Nights remain wildly popular events on the spring calendar.

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CRYP Hosts Special Training Sessions for Staff and Community Members

Sessions Will Focus on School Violence, Bullying, Drug Recognition and Gang Prevention

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will host special training sessions this winter and spring to address the critical topics of school violence, bullying, drug recognition and gang prevention. All CRYP staff will attend the four sessions at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center on East Lincoln Street, which were made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention.

In addition, the not-for-profit youth project also is inviting Cheyenne River community members to participate in the training.

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Power of Four Interns Prepare to Host “A Night in Venice” Fundraiser

The “Power of Four” teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have embarked on their first major project of the new year: a special fundraiser called “A Night in Venice.” This special Valentine’s Day event is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 and will be held in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center’s Keya (Lakota for “turtle”) Cafe.

Attendees will be treated to a candle-lit, four-course Italian meal, including a bruschetta appetizer, a dinner salad, a choice of spaghetti with meatballs or lasagna for the entree and a cannoli dessert. Youth Programs Director Megan Guiliano and volunteer Jonathan Stuart-Moore will provide violin and cello music for diners to enjoy.

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