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Monthly Archives: February 2015

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    February CRYP Hall of Fame: Our First Art Internship Program Participants

February CRYP Hall of Fame: Our First Art Internship Program Participants

This month marks the kickoff of something new for us: the CRYP Hall of Fame. In this special section, we’re going to highlight a current CRYP participant or alum; this is exciting, because it gives us an opportunity to introduce our young people to you, our deeply valued friends and supporters.

Rather than choosing just one person this month, however, we’d like to introduce a remarkable group of young people. They are our first-ever art interns: John Chavez, 17, Justin Cook-Twite, 17, Jacine Carter, 16, Fentress Cromwell, 16, Tylaina Dupris, 14, Jaymalee Turning Heart, 14, Kellyn Circle Eagle, 14, Sappire Lucero, 13, Miranda Vines, 13, and Xandria Norris, 13.

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    Less Than Three Weeks Remain — Support CRYP’s 2015 Passion for Fashion

Less Than Three Weeks Remain — Support CRYP’s 2015 Passion for Fashion

Less than three weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2015 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters have until Thursday, March 12 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 couple of days prior to Passion for Fashion,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Our staff and volunteers need some time to sort all the donations by type and size, and to prepare them for roughly 100 teenage girls who are eagerly awaiting the chance to find just the right dress, shoes, and accessories for what they hope will be the night of their lives.”

This year’s Passion for Fashion will take place on Saturday, March 14 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and will feature the exciting theme “Glamour and Graffiti.” When the young women arrive for their formal, sit-down luncheon and the keynote presentation from guest speaker Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart, they will be surrounded by Pop Art/Street Art in CRYP’s Keya Cafe and lobby area. Then, as they move on to enjoy manicures, pedicures, hair styling, makeovers, facials and shopping for all the prom essentials, they’ll experience Creative Lettering, Handstyles, Street Art of the World, New York City and much more.

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    2015 College Night Series Begins Tuesday, March 3 with the University of South Dakota

2015 College Night Series Begins Tuesday, March 3 with the University of South Dakota

On Tuesday, March 3, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® officially kicks off its annual springtime 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 ninth year, the College Night Series will gear up next week with a presentation from the University of South Dakota.

The free evening program will take place on Tuesday at 5-6 p.m. at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi teen center, and CRYP staff members encourage Cheyenne River middle- and high-school students to bring their parents and other family members. Attending tweens and teens will have an opportunity to earn special incentives and win door prizes, and CRYP will provide refreshments.

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    10 Cheyenne River Teens Embark on New Art Internship Program

10 Cheyenne River Teens Embark on New Art Internship Program

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has officially launched the inaugural art internship program at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center in Eagle Butte. This comprehensive, innovative 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.

This spring’s art interns are John Chavez, 17, Justin Cook-Twite, 17, Jacine Carter, 16, Fentress Cromwell, 16, Tylaina Dupris, 14, Jaymalee Turning Heart, 14, Kellyn Circle Eagle, 14, Sappire Lucero, 13, Miranda Vines, 13, and Xandria Norris, 13. During the four-month program, the teens will participate in training opportunities, engage in open studio time, attend leadership development workshops, explore career opportunities for artists, plan community events to promote CRYP’s new Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, and unveil their own work within that public space when it’s ready.

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February Partner of the Month: The Larson Family Foundation

The Larson Family Foundation in Brookings, South Dakota, is a grant-making foundation created by the Larson family to share its good fortune with the people of South Dakota. The foundation’s focus is to help people in need achieve a better quality of life. The main emphasis of grants to be awarded: to fulfill basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and education.

The foundation is a longtime CRYP partner. Their relationship dates to the late 1990s; it assisted the youth project with its first capital campaign to build The Main youth center (1999) as well as the Cokata Wiconi teen center (2006). For 2015, the foundation has given CRYP a $20,000 grant with specific objectives that include: deliver/expand current youth programming to more than 800 young people at The Main and Cokata Wiconi, and provide ongoing Family Services to more than 400 Cheyenne River families.

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    Passion for Fashion is Coming Soon — CRYP Announces Keynote Speaker Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart

Passion for Fashion is Coming Soon — CRYP Announces Keynote Speaker Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart

Less than six weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s annual Passion for Fashion event, where young women from across South Dakota’s 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation come together to celebrate that classic American rite of passage, their high-school prom. But during that one special Saturday in March, they’ll embrace so much more than that.

The 26-year-old, grassroots, not-for-profit youth project started its Passion for Fashion program in 2001 to ensure that every teen could make her prom dreams come true. On the Cheyenne River reservation, families’ budgets are stretched to cover basic household needs and frequently cannot accommodate any extras like prom dresses and shoes.

One of CRYP’s most popular and long-running programs, Passion for Fashion does indeed provide all prom essentials — while also fostering intergenerational exchange, bonding, self-esteem, and positive body image. In other words, this is an occasion for each teen to celebrate her authentic self, in all its beauty, confidence, and potential.

This year’s Passion for Fashion event will take place on Saturday, March 14 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. After their formal luncheon in the Keya Cafe, the teens will enjoy a special presentation from keynote speaker Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart.

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Now Available: $15,000 in Scholarships for Building Rentals

In rural north-central South Dakota, groups have few choices when it comes to finding the right venue for meetings, special events, workshops, seminars, and sports camps. That’s why the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has chosen to make its Eagle Butte campus facilities available for rent.

What’s more, scholarships are available to cover the cost of building rentals, which are made possible by Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth. These scholarships allow the grassroots youth project to accommodate groups that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to conduct their classes, camps, and special events.

CRYP currently has $15,000 available to offset rental fees. It has five months to distribute these funds, and only $5,000 has been awarded to date.

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