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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mother’s Day and May Flowers Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5

Teen interns participating in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Power of Four program are hard at work this week, preparing for their first-ever “Mother’s Day & May Flowers Spring Craft Fair.” Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, this special event will give local craftspeople, artisans, bakers and other creative people a venue for exhibiting and selling their work.

Community members may purchase space in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium for the day, at a cost of $10 per table. In addition, staff and volunteers are selling tickets for a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit CRYP youth programming and services.

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Six Teams Participate in Youth Basketball Tournament, Raise $500 for Youth Programming

On Saturday, April 21, 48 young basketball players stormed the courts at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, competing in the 2012 Youth Basketball 5-on-5 Tournament. Comprising three girls’ teams and three boys’ teams, these enthusiastic 8- to 12-year-olds gave their families, friends and community plenty to cheer about — and admissions, raffle tickets, concessions and team sponsorships raised $500 to support CRYP youth programming.

Both the boys’ and girls’ divisions played double elimination tournaments. Chaos, coached by Dean Kohlus and Jodi Lofton, took the boys’ championship; West End, coached by Dewey Kills Crow, took second place; and Flight, coached by Wendell Phillipps and Michelle Fischer came in third. Malik Thomas of West End was MVP, while Grant Kohlus of Chaos earned the Sportsmanship Award.

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CRYP to Host Free Training Session to Address School Violence, Bullying and Gang Prevention

On Wednesday, April 25, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host a free training session to address school violence, bullying and gang prevention. The training session, which was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, will be held at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center on East Lincoln Street.

All staff will attend the session, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 25. In addition, the not-for-profit youth project also is inviting Cheyenne River community members to participate in the training.

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Don’t Miss the Youth Basketball 5-On-5 Tournament on Saturday!

In Other News: All Teens Who Attended CRYP’s 2012 Passion for Fashion Last Month
Now May Order Additional Photos Online!

On Saturday, April 21, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will host the 2012 Youth Basketball 5-on-5 Tournament in its Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium. The tournament is open to boys and girls, ages 8-13; Cokata Wiconi’s doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with the games to begin at 10 a.m.

To date, nine teams have signed up to participate.

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Power of Four Interns Prepare for Earth Day Community Service and Washington, DC Trip

The new year is shaping up to be an exciting one for the “Power of Four” teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Not only have they actively participated in CRYP’s “Circle of Storytellers” oral-history project and attended a performance of the celebrated Blue Man Group in Rapid City, they are gearing up for a series of Earth Day community service projects and a potentially life-changing trip to the nation’s capital.

“February and March were busy months for us,” said Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director. “In February, our teen interns took an important leadership role in our Keya Cafe through a ‘Night in Venice’ fundraising dinner, and alongside staff members, they started attending a series of four important training sessions that deal with such critical issues as bullying, drug awareness and gang prevention. Then, in March, we got them involved in our ‘Circle of Storytellers’ project.”

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CRYP to Host Youth Basketball 5-on-5 Tournament on Saturday, April 21

On Saturday, April 21, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will host the 2012 Youth Basketball 5-on-5 Tournament in its Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium. The tournament is open to boys and girls, ages 8-13; Cokata Wiconi’s doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with the games to begin at 10 a.m.

According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s wellness coordinator, the tournament was designed with two important goals in mind: to provide an exciting competitive event for Cheyenne River’s young people, and to raise funds to support the nearly 24-year-old, not-for-profit youth project.

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CRYP Will Cohost Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 6 at the Cultural Center

CRYP Also Reminds Area Families that Heat Assistance Is Still Available

Easter is coming a couple of days early on the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota. On Friday, April 6, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will cohost an eagerly anticipated Easter Egg Hunt in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Youth Diabetes Prevention Program, the H.V. Johnston Lakota Cultural Center and the local Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) organization.

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