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Monthly Archives: January 2015

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    2014 Christmas Toy Drive Serves 1,350 Children in 20 Communities

2014 Christmas Toy Drive Serves 1,350 Children in 20 Communities

In partnership with a broad range of individuals, schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® was once again able to bring Santa Claus to South Dakota’s 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation during the 2014 holiday season. (Check out our video here!)

Thanks to the overwhelming support of these invaluable partners, not to mention the hard work and dedication of a small army of volunteers, CRYP’s 2014 Christmas Toy Drive served 1,350 children in 20 communities. Their “Dear Santa” letters came from 325 families, regular attendees at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center, and children who live in local shelters and foster care.

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Winter Book Club Kicks Off on Thursday, February 5

On Thursday, February 5, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will kick off its annual Winter Book Club in the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center’s library. Youth Programs Director Tammy Eagle Hunter and Youth Programs Assistant Floyd Braun will lead club sessions through late March, also offering three milestone celebrations and a special spring field trip to Harney Peak in the Black Hills.

For the first time, participants will have two Winter Book Club programs from which to choose. In the “Education & Culture” program, the teens will read My Indian Boyhood by Luther Standing Bear. The book will be broken into chapter groupings, and at the end of each grouping, participants will write a single-page, three-paragraph essay.

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    January Partners of the Month: Our Christmas Toy Drive Champions!

January Partners of the Month: Our Christmas Toy Drive Champions!

This month, instead of highlighting just one partner, we’d like to take our hats off to a very special group of CRYP supporters: the champions of the 2014 Christmas Toy Drive. With their help, we were able to serve 1,350 Cheyenne River children this year.

Please read on, and click on the individual links to learn more about these worthy organizations, each of which has demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas with its generosity, friendship, and love.

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    CRYP’s 2015 Heat Assistance Program Starts on February 2 — Join Family Services Today!

CRYP’s 2015 Heat Assistance Program Starts on February 2 — Join Family Services Today!

CRYP has announced that it will launch its Heat Assistance Program for the 2015 winter season on Monday, February 2. Through this program, local families who are members of CRYP’s Family Services may request matching grants up to $100 to help cover the cost of propane or alternative fuels when they most need it.

The 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization processes community members’ requests and works with local providers to ensure that each family receives assistance as soon as possible. During the bitterly cold 2014 winter season, the Heat Assistance Program’s matching funds provided much-needed aid to 1,318 community members, 795 children among them, on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

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2015 Passion for Fashion: How to Help

If you would like to support the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 2015 Passion for Fashion program, please considering contributing any of the following:

-New/Gently Used Formal Dresses (especially sizes 11-20)
-Dress Accessories (Examples: Purses, Wraps, Scarves)
-Formal Shoes (especially sizes 8-11)
-Jewelry
-Hair Accessories & Care Products
-Facial, Manicure & Pedicure Supplies
-Makeup and Bath Sets
-Gift Cards

-Cash Donations

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Support Our 2015 Passion for Fashion Event!

It’s a brand new year. The holidays are over, and young people everywhere are already nurturing thoughts of spring and that all-American rite of passage — the prom. They’re eagerly anticipating shopping trips with family members and friends, where they can try on a colorful array of shoes, accessorize with just the right necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and find the gowns of their dreams.

Unfortunately, this fun and excitement can be in short supply on South Dakota’s remote 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Teens have to grow up fast here. Comprising two of poorest counties in the nation, with roughly 75 percent unemployment, most families cannot spare the funds for that dream dress, much less the accessories to go with it.

Enter the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, a grassroots, not-for-profit community organization that started its Passion for Fashion program in 2001 to ensure that every teen could make her prom dreams come true. Passion for Fashion is one of CRYP’s most popular and long-running programs, and it does much more than provide all the prom essentials. It fosters intergenerational exchange, bonding, self-esteem, and positive body image. This year’s Passion for Fashion event will take place on Saturday, March 14 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center.

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    CRYP Announces Innovative New Art Internship Program for Local Teens

CRYP Announces Innovative New Art Internship Program for Local Teens

CRYP is recruiting teen applicants for an innovative new art internship program at its East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. This comprehensive program will provide 10 Cheyenne River teens with the opportunity to build their skills in a variety of artistic disciplines, including traditional art, graffiti art, and street art.

During this four-month internship program, the young people also will engage in leadership development workshops and explore the many available career opportunities for artists. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, the internship program is a natural extension of the 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count” in the Lakota language) Art Park initiative. Waniyetu Wowapi was formally dedicated in September 2014 and is garnering acclaim throughout the region.

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