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Monthly Archives: August 2013

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    CRYP Concludes First-Ever Teen Internship Program Focused on Wellness

CRYP Concludes First-Ever Teen Internship Program Focused on Wellness

CRYP has concluded its first-ever teen internship program focused on youth wellness and the 2-acre Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden. This summer, 11 Cheyenne River teenagers each provided 60 hours of service at the youth project’s East Lincoln Street campus.

Earning $500 stipends in the process were Theola and Teesha Schad, Sierra Jewett, Justin Cook-Twite, Sage Good Shield, Rhyley Dillabaugh, Kathleen Smith, Meta Charger, Rachel Emery, Khalid Garreau and Miles Livermont. Diabetes Action Research and Education (DARE) funded the teen internship program.

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    CRYP to Host Rummage & Lunch Sale, Farmers Market, Midnight Basketball During Fair Weekend

CRYP to Host Rummage & Lunch Sale, Farmers Market, Midnight Basketball During Fair Weekend

It’s late August, and that means more than back-to-school time on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation. It’s time for the fair!

Each year on Labor Day weekend, Cheyenne River residents and visitors congregate in Eagle Butte for the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo & Powwow. This year’s massive, community-wide celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is adding to the fun.

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    CRYP Prepares to Host “Sing the Summer Out” Party on Aug. 23

CRYP Prepares to Host “Sing the Summer Out” Party on Aug. 23

Cheyenne River’s teenagers are getting to celebrate the end of summer with a closeout bash and special Midnight Basketball tournament this evening. Now it’s the little kids’ turn: Next Friday, August 23, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host a special “Sing the Summer Out” party for the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center next door.

Scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium, the music-themed party will include karaoke singing and dancing contests, plus popular games such as musical chairs, Freeze Dance, the limbo, conga lines, and Finish the Lyrics. The party is open free to all youth ages 4 to 12, and CRYP staff and volunteers will provide snacks and dinner.

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    CRYP Will Host “End of Summer Bash” on Aug. 16, Family Day on Aug. 21

CRYP Will Host “End of Summer Bash” on Aug. 16, Family Day on Aug. 21

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is getting ready to close out the summer with a bang. Not only will the organization be hosting an exciting “End of Summer Bash” for its teen participants at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, it also will open its doors for the final Midnight Basketball event of the 2013 summer season and host a special Family Day for youth participants and their relatives.

The “End of Summer Bash” kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16 with games, competitions and dinner. Registration for the season-end MBB tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. that evening, and the festivities will end at 1 a.m. with a special breakfast.

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Wanted: AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at CRYP!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is seeking to fill a critical volunteer position at its Eagle Butte campus through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The VISTA volunteer will enhance operations at the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project by providing valuable program support and assistance in daily operations.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with VISTA,” said Kellie Jewett, CRYP’s development director. “And we’re excited to fill this volunteer position, since it’s going to be an important part of our resource development, volunteer program and Family Services program. Our organization is a vital part of the Cheyenne River community, serving 1,200 youth and 400 families annually, and our new VISTA volunteer will play a key role in expanding our capacity to raise funds, attract volunteers and serve larger numbers of community members.”

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    CRYP Seeks Additional Funding for Winyan Toka Win “Leading Lady” Garden

CRYP Seeks Additional Funding for Winyan Toka Win “Leading Lady” Garden

By midsummer, the 2-acre Winyan Toka Win garden inarguably is the heart of the Cheyenne River Youth Project® operation. Throughout the day, the garden is overflowing with staff members, long-term volunteers, community volunteers and youth participants, all of whom are dedicated to tending the naturally grown, pesticide-free plants and harvesting their bountiful, fresh, nutritious produce. And every Friday, colorful market stands sprout along East Lincoln Street at the CRYP campus, demonstrating this bounty to eager local buyers.

This year, in particular, has been a big one for CRYP’s garden and sustainable agriculture efforts. Not only has the organization hired a full-time garden coordinator for the summer months, it has hired 10 youth interns to work on garden and wellness programming at The Main youth center and Cokata Wiconi teen center, it has launched its first-ever series of community canning classes, and it has expanded its weekly Leading Lady Farmers Market to include 10 additional vendor stands, which are available to community vendors and youth participants.

Yet Winyan Toka Win still needs support. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, every dollar donated to the youth project for the garden is dedicated to a specific budget item, and there are many items on the list.

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