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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Support CRYP’s 2013 School Supplies Drive!

The start of the new school year may still be a few weeks away, but already the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, are hard at work on the 2013 School Supplies Drive. The grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization will distribute school supplies to community schoolchildren at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center prior to Labor Day weekend.

“The first day of school is just a distant prospect for kids who are still enjoying their summer vacation, but for us, it’s right around the corner,” said April Bachman, CRYP’s finance manager. “We need time to gather all the donated supplies, purchase additional items with contributed funds and then host the actual distribution.”

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    Running Strong Grants Help Support Vital CRYP Community Programs

Running Strong Grants Help Support Vital CRYP Community Programs

As the 2012-13 fiscal year drew to a close on June 30, the Cheyenne River Youth Project®
announced that it was able to provide community members with a variety of much-needed special programs thanks to grants from Alexandria-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth®. These included the Heat Assistance Program and Home Improvement Program, offered through CRYP Family Services; scholarships to assist groups with renting CRYP facilities; and a food grant for youth snacks.

The Heat Assistance Program ran from February 1 to April 15 this year. According to April Bachman, CRYP’s finance manager, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project was able to assist 210 families with their propane and electric bills or with their firewood purchases.

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  • Craig Martin leads July 9 canning class at The Main.
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    CRYP Launches Canning Classes and “Tech Week” Special Programming

CRYP Launches Canning Classes and “Tech Week” Special Programming

Throughout its 25-year history, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has worked hard to provide new, innovative programming to meet the needs of its youth and their families. This month, the not-for-profit youth organization offered two exciting additions to its lineup of programs and services: canning classes, which are open to the community; and technology workshops that teach critical skills such as digital video and editing.

CRYP held its first-ever canning classes on July 2 and July 9 at The Main youth center. Participants gathered in The Main’s activity room and kitchen to prepare and can chokecherry jelly during the first session, and mild salsa from the “Ball Blue Book” for canning in the second session.

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    CRYP Will Host Special Youth Activities in Conjunction with July “Hometown Days”

CRYP Will Host Special Youth Activities in Conjunction with July “Hometown Days”

In conjunction with this year’s Eagle Butte Hometown Days celebration, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host an array of special events that include a teen basketball tournament, a carnival in the park, a bicycle obstacle course and an Ultimate Farmers Market. The events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 19-20.

Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CRYP hosts its all-new, community-based Leading Lady Farmers Market at its East Lincoln Street campus. For this special weekend, that will be expanded into an Ultimate Farmers Market due to the youth project’s participation in the City Wide Rummage Sale. Vendors are invited to take advantage of Leading Lady market space on that day.

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    Leading Lady Farmers Market Attracts Community Vendors & Youth Participants

Leading Lady Farmers Market Attracts Community Vendors & Youth Participants

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum,” writes author Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, “and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”

In fact, we can make the world even a little bit better — by securing a safe, sustainable food supply and by strengthening the bonds of community. The dedicated staff, volunteers and youth participants at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, have embraced this idea so strongly, they are working hard to bring the reservation’s first-ever community farmers market to life. And they intend to see it thrive.

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    CRYP Seeks 10 Youth Interns for Garden and Wellness Programming

CRYP Seeks 10 Youth Interns for Garden and Wellness Programming

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is currently seeking 10 summer interns, ages 12 to 17. The interns will work on special wellness projects and on programs related to the 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden.

Interns must commit to working a total of 60 hours at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus before school resumes in the fall. Thanks to funding from Diabetes Action Research (DARE), each intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of his or her summer internship.

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Five Teens Spend Memorable Day Hiking Bear Butte

Excursion Served as Reward for Teens’ Participation in Community Service Project, Assistance in Planting Three Sister Garden & Commitment to Youth Leadership

On Saturday, June 22, staff members from the Cheyenne River Youth Project® took five teenage boys on a special trip to South Dakota’s Bear Butte State Park as a reward for participating in a community service project and assisting in CRYP’s 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win garden. Anthony Potter, youth programs assistant, and Laura Copeland, social media strategist, accompanied Miles Phillips, Kyle Buffalo, Naden Joaquin, Cooper Pretty Weasel and Tyreik Garreau on the daylong excursion.

The teens’ first activity was to hike Bear Butte, which Potter said took approximately an hour and a half.

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    “Leading Lady Farmers Market” opens in Eagle Butte on Friday, July 5

“Leading Lady Farmers Market” opens in Eagle Butte on Friday, July 5

Youth Project Seeks Community Vendors for Market & Additional Funding to Support Purchase of Wood-Chipper and New Lawn Mowers

For several summers, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has hosted a small weekly farmers market to sell fresh produce and canned goods from its 2-acre Winyan Toka Win garden. This year, thanks to a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation, CRYP was able to purchase additional booths and is expanding the market to include community artisans and vendors.

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