Monthly Archives: February 2013

CRYP Gears Up for “Passion for Fashion” on Saturday, March 9

Less than two weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2013 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters around the country have until Saturday, March 2 to send their new and gently used dresses, formal shoes, jewelry and accessories to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus.

“If possible, we’re trying to get all donations in house a week prior to Passion for Fashion,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We’ll certainly accept any last-minute donations during the week of the event, but our staff and volunteers really do need those days to sort all the donations by type and size, and to prepare them for roughly 100 teenage girls who will be ready to go shopping!”

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CRYP Gift Shop Offers Wide Variety of Homemade Foods

Grown in CRYP’s All-Natural Garden, These Foods Are Available for Purchase in Person, by Phone or Online — All Proceeds Benefit CRYP Programming and Services

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project® first took responsibility for the 2-acre garden plot across East Lincoln Street from The Main youth center in 1999, it was a major step toward realizing a dream for CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau. Garreau and her mother, Iyonne, who served for many years as the executive director of the Elderly Nutrition Center, had long discussed the potential for developing an all-natural, highly productive garden that would be a sustainable source of fresh, processed and canned foods — and that would reconnect young people with the earth.

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Teen Date Night Commemorates Valentine’s Day and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

When you hear the phrases “domestic abuse” and “dating violence,” you might think of adult men and women in toxic relationships. You might not realize that these destructive patterns may take root much younger than a person’s 20s or 30s; the unfortunate reality is that many teens are in damaging and even dangerous relationships, suffering physical, emotional, verbal, sexual and even digital abuse as young as ages 13 or 14.

That’s why the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte has arranged a very special Valentine’s Day celebration for area teens at its Cokata Wiconi teen center. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, it will be hosting its first Teen Date Night, which will include appetizers and a romantic, formal Italian dinner in the Keya Cafe, live music, door prizes and a movie on CRYP’s big screen, complete with specially decorated cupcakes for dessert. Young people also will have the opportunity to buy flowers or stuffed animals for their dates.

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Order Your “Gorilla Grams” and Participate in the Star Quilt Raffle

All Proceeds from CRYP’s Creative Annual Fundraisers Support Youth Programming & Reservation-Wide Family Services

Fundraising is critical to the long-term operations of any not-for-profit organization, as the staff and volunteers at Cheyenne River Youth Project® know all too well. They also understand that creative, engaging fundraisers are outstanding tools not only to raise funds to support programming, but also to share the spirit and mission of the organization — and spread a little extra joy.

At press time, CRYP was in the process of arranging its annual Gorilla Grams, the memorable singing messages that have come to define Valentine’s Day on South Dakota’s 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation. This year’s grams will be delivered on Thursday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Local Teens, Submit Your Ideas for an Indian Law and Order Commission Video Contest

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is inviting local teens to participate in an exciting opportunity through the Indian Law and Order Commission. The commission, created through the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, is preparing to make recommendations to President Obama and the United States Congress about making tribal communities safer and more just, and it’s seeking the input of young people throughout Indian Country.

“Although the commission has already produced a report and drawn conclusions, it would like to hear what teenagers have to say about the biggest issues and challenges in their communities and then use that input as additional supporting material,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “So, they’re asking teens to produce videos that share their firsthand, teens-eye perspectives, and they’ve asked us to send a 3- to 5-minute, YouTube-style video that represents the concerns and views of our kids here on Cheyenne River.”

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