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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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    A Warm CRYP Welcome to New Social Enterprises Manager Molly Vetter!

A Warm CRYP Welcome to New Social Enterprises Manager Molly Vetter!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® announced today that Molly Vetter has joined its full-time staff as the new social enterprises manager. Vetter, a native of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has returned to her hometown to join the CRYP team.

As social enterprises manager, Vetter will be responsible for the nonprofit youth project’s farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe, the Keya Gift Shop, and the seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market. She will manage a critical two-year grant from the Northwest Area Foundation dedicated to supporting the development of social enterprises that generate income while advancing the social good. The grant supports “Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce,” a core CRYP initiative that incorporates its innovative and highly acclaimed teen internship program.

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    20th Anniversary Season of Midnight Basketball Comes to an End

20th Anniversary Season of Midnight Basketball Comes to an End

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, commemorated a very special milestone. It concluded Midnight Basketball’s 20th anniversary summer season at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, Midnight Basketball attracted between 50 and 100 teens each weekend. They came from communities across the Cheyenne River reservation to play ball, participate in a variety of games—including Around the World, Knockout and 3-Point Contest—and to compete in 5-on-5 tournaments.

For many of these teens, the Midnight Basketball program is about more than simply finding a positive, safe space to connect with friends on a Friday night.

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August Hall of Fame: Salicia Jewett

While many of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s teen interns have completed multiple internship programs at our Eagle Butte campus, we are constantly welcoming new participants. We take great pleasure in watching them learn new skills, develop a sense of pride in themselves and in their work, and design future plans that incorporate these meaningful job and life experiences.

Salicia Jewett, 17, is one of our new interns. This month, she is working in our Keya (Turtle) Cafe as a social enterprises intern; her responsibilities include cleaning and maintaining the cafe’s commercial kitchen, hand-crafting the cafe’s signature coffee drinks, and providing customer service.

“It’s a lot of the same chores you do at home, but I enjoy helping people, so I don’t really think of it as a job,” Salicia says. “I thought it was time to get off the sofa and do something… to stop being so dependent on my parents.”

So far, Salicia says her favorite parts of the job involve making coffee and the signature drinks, helping with the cooking, and serving customers. She also enjoys the opportunity to work with the CRYP team in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

“This is my first job, and I love it,” she says enthusiastically. “Everyone is so nice.”

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    300 Children Take Part in 2016 School Supplies Distribution, With More to Come

300 Children Take Part in 2016 School Supplies Distribution, With More to Come

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® announced today that more than 300 children have attended its annual school supplies distribution at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center this month. The nonprofit youth organization is expecting to serve many more children before the first day of school.

Those who were unable to attend the official distribution on August 8, who didn’t have the opportunity to join Family Services in time or who are new to the community still may participate. CRYP has plenty of school supplies in stock so it can distribute them throughout the month of August.

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    CRYP Will Welcome Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte on Aug. 11-12

CRYP Will Welcome Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte on Aug. 11-12

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will welcome native chef, food historian and lecturer Loretta Barrett Oden to its Eagle Butte campus on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12. Oden is spending two days at CRYP courtesy of the nonprofit, grassroots youth project’s “Learning to Eat Like Our Ancestors” initiative.

Oden, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will conduct a cooking demo and workshop on Thursday, and a business entrepreneurship workshop on Friday. Both are open to CRYP’s teen interns and interested members of the Cheyenne River community.

CRYP also will be screening a very special episode of “Seasoned with Spirit: A Native Cook’s Journey,” the five-part, Emmy Award-winning TV series Oden hosts on PBS. This program celebrates native history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods; in episode 3, Oden traveled to the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation to learn about buffalo and preparing the lean, healthy meat.

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