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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Main University’s Fall Semester Starts This Monday

On Monday, September 28, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is launching its fall semester of Main University, one of the not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded by former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002.

Main University allows participants to take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting, giving Cheyenne River children a chance to study subjects that may not be offered in school. This fall, the CRYP staff has created lesson plans for four hourlong courses: Baking, Collage, Beadwork, and Stenciling & Painting.

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CRYP Announces October Programming, Including Halloween Fun

As the calendar officially turns to autumn, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced its teen and youth programming for the month of October. The roster of special events and activities includes movies, native arts, academic courses, sports, games, food and treats, and of course CRYP’s celebrated annual Haunted House and Ghoul-A-Grams.

At The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds, the fall semester of Main University will be in full swing starting Monday, September 28. One of the 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth projects most popular and enduring programs, Main University was founded by long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002 and is a recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children.

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3rd Annual Harvest Festival Dinner is This Friday!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host its 3rd annual Harvest Festival dinner this Friday, September 25, at the Cokata Wiconi teen center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. A community-wide celebration of a bountiful season in the 2-acre Winyan Toka Win garden, the Harvest Festival meal is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and is open free to the public.

The evening’s festivities will include a large-scale community feed, board games, fun and fellowship. On the the menu: cucumber and tomato salad, melon salad, roast bison, harvest vegetables, veggie panini, peach and banana smoothies, and baked goods such as peach pie, chocolate zucchini cake and banana bread. Recipes will be available, and as always, CRYP staff and volunteers will incorporate fresh, nutritious, organically grown produce from the youth project’s 5-acre Winyan Toka Win garden into the various menu items.

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September Hall of Fame: Thomas Lucero

For the first time, we’re inducting a young person from The Main youth center into our CRYP Hall of Fame. His name is Thomas Lucero. This bright, curious 11-year-old started coming to The Main last fall.

Thomas says he enjoys The Main’s playground and the full-size gymnasium at the next-door Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center, but the real draw has been Main University. He participated twice — and he has been named valedictorian twice.

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September Partner of the Month: Dietel Partners

This month, we’d like to acknowledge Dietel Partners, a family-owned philanthropic advising firm that represents anonymous donors’ interests and awards grants on their behalf. Dietel Partners and its clients have supported CRYP for more than three years.

Our relationship started in 2012, when Dietel Partners awarded a grant that allowed CRYP to purchase two large vans. Finally, after 24 years of running a youth center, we were able to transport youth and staff with our own vehicles! Then, in 2013 and 2014, Dietel Partners provided critical funding for two youth programming positions — and for a new Xerox machine when the old one died right before the busy 2013 holiday season.

In the last 12 months, Dietel Partners and its clients supported CRYP with special grants to put up fencing that would secure the 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park property. They also underwrote the new art internship program for local teens; CRYP graduated the first cohort of interns at the inaugural RedCan graffiti jam in July, and the second cohort is starting the internship program this fall.

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    CRYP Welcomes Acclaimed Artist Scape Martinez to Cheyenne River

CRYP Welcomes Acclaimed Artist Scape Martinez to Cheyenne River

Earlier this month, CRYP welcomed San Jose, California-based artist Scape Martinez to its East Lincoln Street campus for a week of mural painting and youth arts education. During the week prior to Labor Day, Martinez painted a mural on Eagle Butte’s Main Street, painted a second one in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, and engaged children of all ages in a special Youth Graffiti Jam.

An accomplished multidisciplinary artist and best-selling writer who has been involved in the graffiti art scene since the 1980s, Martinez has pushed the boundaries of both graffiti and street art, bringing them firmly into the fine art, public art and educational arenas. He also has written four books on creating graffiti-style urban art, and he frequently conducts workshops and lectures for teenagers, fellow artists and educators.

During the jam on September 4, Martinez worked with children on small can control exercises, teaching basic can control and effects. According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, one of the jam participants surprised everyone.

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CRYP Announces September Youth & Teen Programming

School is back in session, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has resumed its regular after-school and weekend hours at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center and The Main youth center. It also has announced its eagerly anticipated teen and youth programming for the month of September.

In addition to its Sept. 21-25 “Family Week” programming, CRYP also is kicking off its Fall Movie Nights, Midnight Basketball, Junior Midnight Basketball and Main University (diplomas pictured here) this month.

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“Family Week” Programming Scheduled for Sept. 21-25

“When you give a little of yourself to a child, you give a little of yourself to their future,” More4Kids CEO Kevin Heath once noted. He also has advocated the importance of being a role model, advising, “If you want your kids to dream more, then dream more; to learn more, then learn more; to do more, then do more. Be their inspiration.”

To that end, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has created a weeklong roster of special family-friendly events that staff and volunteers hope will encourage parents, extended family members and guardians on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to spend quality time with their children. Family Week programming will take place Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25. (The Harvest Festival dinner, pictured above, will conclude the week’s activities at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.)

“We have served the Cheyenne River community for nearly three decades, and in that time, we’ve learned that one of the best ways to care for our children is to support their families,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We work hard to design programs and special events that bring families together, allow them to make precious memories, and encourage them to pursue a healthier lifestyle together.”

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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Earns Cordes Fellowship, Will Travel to Mexico in October

Executive Director Julie Garreau Earns Cordes Fellowship, Will Travel to Mexico in October

CRYP’s executive director, Julie Garreau, has earned a Cordes Fellowship. On October 11-16, she will attend the fellowship’s Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico, and take part in all delegate sessions.

Cordes Fellowships are designed for exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises. The purpose of the fellowship program is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Ren Dietel of family-owned philanthropic advising firm Dietel Partners, who attends the Opportunity Collaboration each year, nominated Garreau for the fellowship opportunity. She said Garreau exemplifies the kind of citizen leader that Dietel Partners strongly believes in and supports.

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