Monthly Archives: August 2012

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

Running Strong for American Indian Youth is Providing $25,000 Matching Grant
Until September 30, 2012

Just four weeks remain to help the Cheyenne River Youth Project® as it seeks to renovate its beloved “The Main” youth center on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte. Since May, the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization has been conducting a Main Rehabilitation Fund Drive, and now the deadline for a critical matching grant opportunity is looming.

“Running Strong for American Indian Youth generously offered us a $25,000 matching grant,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “To secure those funds, we have to raise $25,000 by Sunday, September 30. If we can do that, we’ll have $50,000 to support The Main.

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CRYP Provides School Supplies to More than 500 Children on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation

Children are back in school on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, and thanks to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, more than 500 of them have backpacks overflowing with essential school supplies. According to Tamara LaPlante, CRYP’s office manager, the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots organization distributed 539 fully loaded backpacks on distribution day.

Supplies included backpacks for grades 1-12, protractors, compasses, calculators, mechanical pencils, writing tablets for preschoolers and kindergartners, fat pencils, fat crayons, folders, pencil cases, notebook paper, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, pens and rulers.

“We all can remember the first day of school, which is such an important day in a child’s life,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “And we can remember shopping for all the important supplies, all the fun, exciting, colorful things for a new school year. Now imagine facing that huge day without the shopping trip, and without the tools you need to be successful.

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17th Midnight Basketball Season Comes to a Close

Approximately 500 Teens Participated in Popular Nine-Week Summer Program

On Friday, August 17, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted its final Midnight Basketball event of the summer at its Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, bringing the 17th season of the always-popular program to a close. The highlight of the evening was a 5-on-5 tournament with double elimination.

Eighty-four teens attended the 9 p.m. event, and six teams competed. In first place: Super Cool Awesome, with Mike Heideman, Nate Widow, Xavier Norris, Kaytonna Bartlett, Brandon LeBeau and Trevor Bad Warrior. The players took home hoodies with the MBB 2012 logo, Adidas draw-string backpacks and Nike T-shirts.

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Midnight Basketball Season Ends with 3-on-3 Tournament on Friday, August 17

On Friday, August 17, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, will be hosting its final Midnight Basketball event of the summer season. The highlight of the evening will be a 3-on-3 tournament, with hoodies and T-shirts as prizes.

The 1996 brainchild of a former long-term volunteer, Midnight Basketball is one of CRYP’s most successful programs. Held on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium, it’s open to youth ages 13 to 18 and includes music and refreshments. Throughout the June-to-August summer season, teens participate in pick-up games as well as organized activities inspired by the NBA All-Star Game, such as a dunk contest, a three-point shootout and a skills challenge. Each season culminates with tournament in mid-August, either 3-on-3 or 5-on-5.

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Power of Four Teen Interns and Missouri Service Group Co-Host “Japanese Bistro”

A little bit of Japan came to the Cheyenne River reservation earlier this month, when a longtime Cheyenne River Youth Project® supporter from Missouri arrived in South Dakota with a group of international students for a week of volunteer service and cultural exchange. The highlight of the group’s stay was a “Japanese Bistro” night in CRYP’s Keya (“Turtle”) Cafe on Wednesday, August 1.

“Debbie Wills from our St. Louis branch of CRYP was leading the undergraduate and graduate students, and since five of the 10 young people were from Japan, they came up with the idea for this special Japanese-themed evening,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “They designed the menu and purchased all the food before making the trip to South Dakota.”

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CRYP to Host Special Training Sessions for Community Members on August 14-15

Sessions Will Address Gang Recognition & Identification; Drug Recognition & Identification; Bullying & School Violence

Special Gang Prevention Session Just for Teens at 5-6 p.m. on August 14

This past winter and spring, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted a series of special training sessions for staff and community members that addressed the critical topics of school violence, bullying, drug recognition and gang prevention. Due to the popularity of these sessions, CRYP will provide repeat sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14-15.

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Running Strong Scholarships Allow Community Organizations to Use CRYP Facilities

As the 2011-12 fiscal year drew to a close last month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, announced that several local groups were able to rent its Cokata Wiconi Teen Center facilities thanks to scholarships from Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth®. The scholarships covered CRYP’s rental fees, which benefit ongoing youth programming and Family Services at the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit organization.

“This past year, the Running Strong building scholarships allowed us to offer portions of our facilities to five local groups who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to conduct their classes and camps,” said Tamara LaPlante, CRYP’s office manager. “We’re thrilled, because we firmly believe that Cokata Wiconi can and should be a resource for our entire community.”

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