Monthly Archives: May 2012

Washington, DC-Based “Friendswap” Raises $8,500 to Support CRYP

Philanthropic Match-Making Party Celebrated its 10th Anniversary this March

Over the years, fundraisers for the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, have taken many forms. On the local level, our staff and volunteers have baked sweet treats, learned to prepare frybread for Indian tacos, hosted sporting events and fancy dinners, delivered Gorilla Grams and even danced in the streets. On the national level, the not-for-profit organization conducts fundraising through carefully coordinated e-mail, snail mail and social media efforts; meanwhile, its partners around the country host benefit events in their home communities.

One such fundraiser stands out. For 10 years, FriendSwap in Washington, D.C. has played match-maker for hundreds upon hundreds of young professionals — and donated the proceeds to the 24-year-old youth project. This spring, 600 people attended the 10th anniversary FriendSwap party and raised $8,500 to support CRYP’s youth programming and services.

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Community Members Invited to Attend Two-Day Suicide Prevention Training

ASIST Training: 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1-2 at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (May 17, 2012) – On Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is inviting members of the Cheyenne River community to attend a free two-day suicide prevention workshop. Called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), the workshop is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention.

Presented by Four Bands Healing Center, the ASIST training will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 and 2 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. It is open free to the public, and community members ages 18 and up are welcome to attend.

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CRYP Announces May Youth Programming at Cokata Wiconi and The Main

Innovative Programs Such as Science Cafe and Reading Pods Highlight Contributions of Long-Term Volunteers from Around the Country

Spring has officially sprung at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, where staff and volunteers are hard at work on continuing and new youth programs at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and The Main Youth Center. Already, new long-term volunteers are arriving at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus, and they bring new ideas and plenty of energy.

“The nice weather brings more kids to our facilities, and more volunteers who are looking forward to spending their summer break working with our kids,” said Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director. “New volunteers mean new programs as well as the return of old favorites; they have fresh perspectives and so much creativity to contribute. So the start of our summer season is an exciting time!”

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Power of Four Interns Focus on “Wellness Month” and Upcoming Washington, DC Trip

May is “Wellness Month” for the Power of Four teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. That means the coming weeks will be filled with health and wellness activities as well as carefully planned work projects.

To start, the teens will attend a special presentation by John Finn, CRYP’s diabetes educator and dietitian, who will speak to the teens regarding healthy food choices and the hazards of their favorite junk-food treats. Denise Lightning Fire from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Youth Diabetes Prevention Program also will make a presentation, speaking to the interns about the habits and choices that could have long-term consequences, how they can avoid developing diabetes and how to teach friends and family members to choose a healthy lifestyle. And Robyn Chasing Hawk from the CRST Four Bands Healing Center will talk to the teens about drugs and alcohol — and about how their choice to say no can impact their bodies and their lives.

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Local Dairy Queen to Host “Sweet Tooth for Youth” Fundraiser for the Cheyenne River Youth Project® on May 13-20

Together, DQ & CRYP Hope to Raise $2,000 to Support Youth Programming

Once again, the Cheyenne River community is preparing to rally around the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte. This month is the annual “Sweet Tooth for Youth” fundraiser at the local Dairy Queen, which means $1 from every Blizzard, shake and malt will benefit CRYP youth programming and services.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 to Sunday, May 20. CRYP staff and DQ owners Lonnie and Jackie Heier are hoping to raise $2,000 in the weeklong event.

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CRYP Highlighted on the Aspen Institute’s “Center for Native American Youth” Website

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is proud to announce that the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute is highlighting the 24-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization on its website during the month of May. The “Highlight Program” can be found at www.cnay.org/HighlightProgram.html.

“Each month, the Center for Native American Youth highlights what it calls ‘an impactful youth initiative,’ and it does this to help provide support and increase awareness,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “It’s a tremendous honor for us to be featured this way, given the reputation of both the center and the Aspen Institute.”

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CRYP Seeks Funding to Support Renovation of Much-Loved “The Main” Youth Center

For nearly 13 years, the little youth center known affectionately as “The Main” has provided children ages 4-12 on South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River reservation with a safe place to play, study and learn. Approximately 300 children come through its doors on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte each month, ready to participate in innovative, fun programs, enjoy special events and parties, savor hot meals and healthy snacks, and simply hang out with friends.

In addition, The Main has been home to more than a decade’s worth of long-term volunteers from around the world. They live in The Main’s dormitory, prepare meals in its commercial kitchen and spend their off-hours in a cozy living area near the dorm rooms. It is, indeed, their home away from home.

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