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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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    Less Than Three Weeks Remain to Support Our 2016 Passion for Fashion Event!

Less Than Three Weeks Remain to Support Our 2016 Passion for Fashion Event!

Less than three weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2016 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters have until Thursday, March 10 to send their new and gently used dresses, formal shoes, jewelry and accessories to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus.

“Each year, we try 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 can’t wait to have the opportunity to find just the right dress, shoes, and accessories for prom. It’s a true American rite of passage, and it should be one of the most magical experiences in their young lives.”

This year’s Passion for Fashion will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and will feature the exciting (and timely) theme “The Force Awakens.”

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February is “Heart Health Month” at CRYP

February is “Heart Health Month” at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, and the 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s staff has been hard at work organizing youth programming that has a special focus on diabetes prevention. It’s a cause close to staff members’ hearts, as the numbers are truly frightening; diabetes has reached epidemic proportions.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Thirty percent of the indigenous population in this country has pre-diabetes, and of those who already have it, 95 percent have type 2 diabetes. What’s even more frightening: There was a 68 percent increase in diabetes from 1994 to 2004 among native youth ages 15 to 19. Half of Cheyenne River’s population is under 18, and 30 to 40 percent of those young people have or are at risk for developing diabetes.

“This is a huge issue for us,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “The children born here since 2000 have a life expectancy that’s shorter than their parents’ or grandparents.’ Many of these kids already have health issues, some as young as 8 to 10 years old.”

While this is a health disaster for native communities, most of the risk factors are socio-cultural and environmental. That means diabetes is preventable.

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February Hall of Fame: Elijah Brown Wolf

In recent years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has devoted significant resources to its wellness programming. We believe the best way to serve our children and provide for a positive, healthy future is to address their holistic well-being — from nutrition and fitness, to community service, to connecting with the land and Lakota traditions.

These efforts have resonated with Cheyenne River’s young people, particularly with our teens. One of them is Elijah Brown Wolf, 17, who started participating in CRYP programming as a small child at The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds, and he began attending the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in spring 2011. His involvement at Cokata Wiconi has inspired CRYP staff members on multiple levels.

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    Darrell Redleaf Will Be Keynote Speaker for 2016 Passion for Fashion

Darrell Redleaf Will Be Keynote Speaker for 2016 Passion for Fashion

Less than five 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. And this year, they have a very special treat in store for them.

The 27-year-old, grassroots, not-for-profit youth project has announced that its keynote speaker will be Darrell Redleaf, a top celebrity hair stylist, makeup artist, product developer and TV commentator with 30 years of experience in the Hollywood glamour business. He also has personal ties to Cheyenne River.

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