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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Travels to Mexico on Cordes Fellowship

Executive Director Julie Garreau Travels to Mexico on Cordes Fellowship

This week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s executive director, Julie Garreau, is participating as a delegate in the Cordes Fellowship’s Opportunity Collaboration in Cancún, Mexico. Garreau was awarded the fellowship last year, one of 50 winners out of 500 applicants, but was unable to attend the fall 2015 event in Ixtapa.

Cordes Fellowships are designed for exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises. The purpose of the fellowship program is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

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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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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Earlier this month, Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff members traveled from South Dakota to Bryan, Texas, for the 7th annual HGSO/PAT History Conference at Texas A&M University. The theme for this year’s conference was “Community. Culture. Conflict,” and CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau was a featured speaker during the two-day event.

Designed for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, the conference drew nearly 70 participants from universities in and outside of Texas, according to Brooke Linsenbardt, Texas A&M PhD student and conference co-organizer. She said the organizers sought to do something a little different this year, and that’s where CRYP came in.

“We specifically wanted to be more interdisciplinary and bring in a third speaker who is not part of the academy — not a historian at a university,” she explained. “We all believe that history is important to people in the present, and sometimes, historians forget this. People who engage with communities in the present time are doing very important work, and we wanted to create that bridge between the academy and the communities.”

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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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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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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Earns Cordes Fellowship, Will Travel to Mexico in October

Executive Director Julie Garreau Earns Cordes Fellowship, Will Travel to Mexico in October

CRYP’s executive director, Julie Garreau, has earned a Cordes Fellowship. On October 11-16, she will attend the fellowship’s Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico, and take part in all delegate sessions.

Cordes Fellowships are designed for exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises. The purpose of the fellowship program is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Ren Dietel of family-owned philanthropic advising firm Dietel Partners, who attends the Opportunity Collaboration each year, nominated Garreau for the fellowship opportunity. She said Garreau exemplifies the kind of citizen leader that Dietel Partners strongly believes in and supports.

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WANTED: Development Director!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is still seeking a development director to join its staff full time. The salaried position will include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate’s qualifications, and the position is available immediately.

The nearly 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization has experienced dramatic growth in recent years. Founded in 1988, CRYP began as a small, volunteer-run youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds in an old bar building on Eagle Butte’s Main Street; today, the youth project operates the new incarnation of The Main youth center (1999) as well as the Cokata Wiconi teen center (2006), the Winyan Toka Win organic garden (1999), the farm-to-table Keya Cafe (2014), the new Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park (2014), and the highly valued Family Services program (2002) at its East Lincoln Street campus.

“For us to continue pursuing our mission and long-term vision for CRYP as a holistic wellness facility for youth and an authentic gathering place for our community, we urgently need a development director to manage our growth activities,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “And, while we would prefer to have that person on site in Eagle Butte or within reasonable commuting distance from our campus, we are open to hiring an off-site candidate who is willing to travel to CRYP several times a year, provided he or she is a good fit for us.”

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    NOW HIRING! CRYP is Seeking a Full-Time Deputy Director with Focus on Development

NOW HIRING! CRYP is Seeking a Full-Time Deputy Director with Focus on Development

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is seeking a deputy director to join its staff full time. The salaried position will include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate’s qualifications.

The nearly 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization has experienced dramatic growth in recent years. Founded in 1988, CRYP began as a small, volunteer-run youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds in an old bar building on Eagle Butte’s Main Street; today, the youth project operates the new incarnation of The Main youth center (1999) as well as the Cokata Wiconi teen center (2006), the Winyan Toka Win organic garden (1999 – pictured here), the farm-to-table Keya Cafe (2014), the new Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park (2014), and the highly valued Family Services program (2002) at its East Lincoln Street campus.

“For us to continue pursuing our mission and long-term vision for CRYP as a holistic wellness facility for youth and an authentic gathering place for our community, we need a deputy director with a specific focus on development and growth activities,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “And, we need that person to be willing to work with us here in Eagle Butte. He or she doesn’t have to live on the reservation, but home needs to be a reasonable commuting distance from our campus.”

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March CRYP Hall of Fame: Joseph White Eyes

This month, we’re featuring a young man who is an alumnus of The Main youth center and the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. His name is Joseph White Eyes, and we are proud to say that he is a member of our staff.

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Joseph grew up in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and he graduated from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in spring 2013. As a high school student, he volunteered at CRYP through a variety of teen internship and leadership programs, including the Junior Volunteer program, Youth Leaders in Service, Power of Four, and Community Volunteering.

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CRYP Invests in Valuable Staff Training Opportunities

This spring, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is investing in a series of valuable staff training and development sessions that will enhance staff members’ ability to serve local youth and their families at every level. The sessions cover a broad range of subjects and are taking place this month and in April.

Already complete is “Compassion Fatigue Training” with Denise Casillas. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota and is currently the director of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Four Bands Healing Center.

The CRYP staff also has completed “Motivational Interviewing,” “Empowering Defiant Teenagers,” “Non-defensive Communication,” “Anxiety in Kids, Teens and Adults,” and “Crisis Intervention” with visiting facilitator Alex “Shoshi” Krosner. This former CRYP volunteer earned her bachelor’s degree in social welfare at the University of Washington in Seattle and a master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania. (Krosner is pictured above during her 2008 volunteer service at CRYP.)

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