Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring “Book2Movie” Club Starts April 5

On Tuesday, April 5, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will kick off its seven-week Spring Book2Movie Club at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center and The Main youth center. Club members will meet in the Cokata Wiconi and Main libraries every Tuesday and Thursday in April, May and June.

Participants ages 13-18 will read three novels from a selection of banned books that were made into movies, while children ages 4-12 will read two popular children’s books that also became films (staff members will help the youngest children). Each book will conclude with a special finale celebration.

On deck for the teens: Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” and Roald Dahl’s “The BFG.” At The Main, younger children will enjoy Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” as staff members read the books aloud.

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Executive Director Julie Garreau Becomes a 2016 Bush Fellow

This week, the Bush Foundation announced the names of the 24 individuals who will comprise this year’s class of Bush Fellows. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is proud to announce that its executive director, Julie Garreau, is among their number.

Each year, the Bush Foundation seeks Fellowship candidates who have proven records of achievement — and who demonstrate the extraordinary potential to make significant, lasting contributions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that call those regions home. A total of 465 people applied for the 2016 Bush Fellowship, and the final 24 Fellows were selected through an intensive, multi-stage process during which applicants described their leadership vision and passion, and how a Bush Fellowship would help them achieve their goals.

“I am truly humbled to be recognized with such an esteemed group of professionals,” Garreau said. “This award is a recognition of the truly outstanding work that occurs each and every day at the Cheyenne River Youth Project, and I feel privileged to have been part of this dynamic vision. As a Bush Fellow, I am committed to expanding and creating opportunities to reach more youth and families on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. I wish to thank all of the staff, youth, families, volunteers and friends of CRYP for their support.”

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    Nearly 70 Teens Attend This Year’s “Passion for Fashion”

Nearly 70 Teens Attend This Year’s “Passion for Fashion”

On Saturday, March 12, 69 teenage girls on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation converged on the Cheyenne River Youth Project® for its much-loved, annual “Passion for Fashion” event. For 15 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has arranged this special day to to celebrate the strength, achievements and limitless potential of the reservation’s next generation of young women.

“We created Passion for Fashion in 2001 so we could ensure that our girls could experience the joy and excitement all young people should experience when they approach this rite of passage,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “But the day is about so much more than that. It’s about bonding, self esteem and expressing yourself in an authentic way.”

When the 69 teens (including seven who drove more than an hour from Takini, in the southwestern part of the reservation) arrived at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center at 1 p.m., they marveled at the transformation of the center from its everyday incarnation to a celebration of Star Wars and “The Force Awakens.” According to Garreau, the theme was both timely and highly appropriate.

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March Hall of Fame: Wendell Nezzie

Wendell Nezzie is a valuable member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s youth programming staff. He also is a CRYP alumnus.

Wendell grew up in a small community called Wicagakapi Sa, or Red Scaffold, in the western part of South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He became a regular at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center as a high school freshman.

“It was the only place I could go to play basketball with my friends,” he says. “It was such a great place, such a safe environment to be in. I participated in the wellness program and open gym, I came to Midnight Basketball, and I worked with youth in the summertime. I decided I wanted to join the staff when I saw all the great things they were doing for the kids and the community.”

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CRYP to Host 2nd Annual RedCan Graffiti Jam on July 6-9!

It’s back. This July, graffiti artists from around the world will converge once again in a small town on the South Dakota prairie for a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind arts celebration: the 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®.

The RedCan gathering, scheduled for July 6-9 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at sites throughout the Eagle Butte community, is unlike any other public graffiti event. On the remote Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, graffiti culture and Lakota culture come together in a creative explosion of culture, innovation and fellowship.

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