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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Keya Cafe Will Begin Serving Lunch in May

For the last two months, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has welcomed the public to its Keya Cafe in the Cokata Wiconi teen center for hot breakfast, homemade baked goods and specialty coffees. Now, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is preparing to take the cafe, whose name means “turtle” in the Lakota language, to the next level: Next month, it will begin serving lunch, as well.

According to Jerri LaPlante, Keya Cafe manager, lunch service will begin during the second week of May. “We’re planning to start with soups, sandwiches and salads, plus daily lunch specials such as roast beef and lasagna,” she said. “Once the school year ends, and we have interns on board, we’ll expand the lunch menu for the summer months.”

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    2014 College Night Series Offers Exciting Events for Teens This Spring and Summer

2014 College Night Series Offers Exciting Events for Teens This Spring and Summer

Last month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® kicked off its annual College Night Series, which allows visiting “Alternative Spring Break” volunteer groups from schools around the country to help educate local teens about applying for and attending college. Now in its eighth year, the College Night Series already has included presentations from Emerson College from Boston, Massachusetts, and Iowa State University, which is based in Ames, Iowa; and the 2014 program is just getting started.

This Wednesday, April 9, CRYP will host a special College Night event that highlights information about U.S. tribal colleges and universities. It also will detail the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the variety of internships native students have available to them — through programs such as the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, American Indian Business Leaders, and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly known as NASA.

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    Heat Assistance Program Aids More Than 1,300 Community Members

Heat Assistance Program Aids More Than 1,300 Community Members

In March, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® officially concluded its Heat Assistance Program for the 2013-14 winter season. The program’s matching-funds provided much-needed aid to 1,318 community members, 795 children among them, on South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River reservation thanks to a grant from Alexandra, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth®.

According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, this season’s Heat Assistance Program assisted 217 families with their propane and electric bills or with their firewood purchases.

“We’ve just gone through a very long, cold, snowy winter, one that saw tremendous hardship in many parts of the country due to the high cost of propane,” Garreau said. “We’re very happy that we were able to help 217 families — 795 children. We distributed the full $20,000 from the Running Strong grant, for which we are deeply grateful.”

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