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Monthly Archives: September 2016

CRYP Graduates 184 Teen Interns

In the nearly three years since the Cheyenne River Youth Project® launched its innovative teen internship program at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center, 184 teenagers have completed internships in sustainable agriculture, social enterprise, wellness and art. Not only have these young people gained valuable skills that will serve them well all their lives, they are having a lasting impact on the Cheyenne River reservation’s economy.

For CRYP, it’s all about the development of the Lakota workforce—and building healthy, resilient, well-rounded adults in the process. Since 2014, the nonprofit youth organization has invested $36,950 in Cheyenne River’s teenagers, providing instruction, mentorship, workshops, certifications, real-life job experience and wages. According to Julie Garreau, executive director, that’s making a difference on more than one level.

“When the kids earn their own money, they’re able to buy things they need,” Garreau explained. “Even more importantly, they’re thinking about how to earn more money, and about their own futures. One teen used his stipend to buy a lawn mower and started providing local lawn-care services. Others have purchased musical equipment. It’s really exciting to see that.”

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September Hall of Fame: Randi Little Star

In the years since we launched our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s internship programs, we’ve learned two very important things. Cheyenne River’s teens crave opportunities to learn new job and life skills, and they welcome mentorships that inspire them and encourage them to imagine all the possibilities for the future.

Some of these teens desire and appreciate these experiences so much, they sign up for every internship we offer. Randi Little Star, 16, is one of them. This active 10th-grader has completed Sustainable Agriculture, Social Enterprise and Wellness internships, and she’s currently working her way through the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Teen Arts Internship.

“I signed up for all the internships because I like helping people, and I really wanted to gain more experience in all these different areas,” Randi says. “I’d like to do even more, because I enjoy the tasks, and I love learning new things every day.”

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    CRYP Announces Launch of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute

CRYP Announces Launch of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced the official launch of its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute. The institute, according to CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau, is a natural evolution of the youth project’s existing arts programming, which incorporates the free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, the annual RedCan graffiti jam, and an extensive—and innovative—teen art internship program.

As it grows and develops, the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute at CRYP will incorporate fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. The long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program.

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  • Prairie Winter Star Quilt 2016
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    Support CRYP Programming: Enter to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

Support CRYP Programming: Enter to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® announced today that tickets are now on sale for its annual Winter Star Quilt Raffle. CRYP will hold the drawing for the winner of the handmade, queen-size, authentic Lakota star quilt on Monday, December 26.

Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, hand-crafted the seasonally inspired quilt, which has been named “Prairie Winter.” According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, all funds raised through the raffle will benefit the youth project’s ongoing youth programming and family services.

“We’re hoping to raise $3,000 in this year’s star quilt raffle,” Garreau said. “Those funds will go directly to our youth programs, which serve children ages 4 to 18 in our community.”

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