The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has been awarded a Northwest Area Foundation social enterprise grant that will allow the grassroots, nonprofit youth organization to expand its investment in young people growing up on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. The grant funding will support CRYP’s two-year “Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce” initiative, which incorporates the farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe, the Keya Gift Shop and the Leading Lady Farmers Market.
“Through our programs and facilities, we want to provide our children with job and life skills that will serve them well as they enter adulthood,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That’s how we change lives — through classes, workshops, trainings and, perhaps most of all, our internship programs. Thanks to the Northwest Area Foundation, we’ll be able to continue developing our social enterprises here in Eagle Butte, expand our teen internships, and provide even more opportunities to our kids.”