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Main University’s Fall Semester Starts This Monday

On Monday, September 28, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is launching its fall semester of Main University, one of the not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded by former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002.

Main University allows participants to take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting, giving Cheyenne River children a chance to study subjects that may not be offered in school. This fall, the CRYP staff has created lesson plans for four hourlong courses: Baking, Collage, Beadwork, and Stenciling & Painting.

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CRYP Announces October Programming, Including Halloween Fun

As the calendar officially turns to autumn, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced its teen and youth programming for the month of October. The roster of special events and activities includes movies, native arts, academic courses, sports, games, food and treats, and of course CRYP’s celebrated annual Haunted House and Ghoul-A-Grams.

At The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds, the fall semester of Main University will be in full swing starting Monday, September 28. One of the 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth projects most popular and enduring programs, Main University was founded by long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002 and is a recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children.

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September Hall of Fame: Thomas Lucero

For the first time, we’re inducting a young person from The Main youth center into our CRYP Hall of Fame. His name is Thomas Lucero. This bright, curious 11-year-old started coming to The Main last fall.

Thomas says he enjoys The Main’s playground and the full-size gymnasium at the next-door Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center, but the real draw has been Main University. He participated twice — and he has been named valedictorian twice.

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CRYP Announces September Youth & Teen Programming

School is back in session, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has resumed its regular after-school and weekend hours at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center and The Main youth center. It also has announced its eagerly anticipated teen and youth programming for the month of September.

In addition to its Sept. 21-25 “Family Week” programming, CRYP also is kicking off its Fall Movie Nights, Midnight Basketball, Junior Midnight Basketball and Main University (diplomas pictured here) this month.

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Eight Students Graduate from Main University This Fall

Earlier this month, CRYP held a special graduation ceremony for the eight youngsters who completed Main University’s fall semester. Held on Tuesday, December 2, the festivities included commencement exercises and a hearty meal for students and their families.

Twenty children participated in Main University, which kicked off its fall semester on November 3. Participants who completed 16 total classes were eligible to graduate. Thomas Lucero was this semester’s valedictorian, and Jeremiah Lucero was Salutatorian.

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Main University Begins November 3

On Monday, November 3, CRYP will launch its fall semester of Main University, one of the not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded by former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002.

Main University allows participants to take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting. The courses give Cheyenne River children a chance to study subjects that may not be offered in school. The program uses language from higher education, such as “university,” “credits” and “valedictorian,” to familiarize students with their options in and after high school.

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CRYP Launches Fall Semester of Main University

Earlier this month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® officially launched its fall semester of Main University, one of the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded by former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002.

In this special program, participants may take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting. The courses give Cheyenne River children a chance to study subjects that may not be offered in school. The program uses language from higher education, such as “university,” “credits” and “valedictorian,” to familiarize students with their options in and after high school.

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CRYP Hosts Main University Graduation on Saturday, December 1

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (December 10, 2012) — On Saturday, December 1, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted a special graduation ceremony for its fall Main University program. The 4 p.m. ceremony took place in the activity room at The Main Youth Center, and the young graduates were encouraged to bring their families.

Main University is one of the CRYP’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend CRYP’s “The Main” youth center. Former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell founded the program in 2002.

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CRYP Announces November/December Calendar for Youth Programming/Special Events

Schedule Includes Main University, Basketball Tournaments, Movie Nights, Field Trips, Wellness Activities,“Thanks for Kids” Dinner, Christmas Craft Fair and Holiday Parties

Although its staff and volunteers are hard at work on this year’s Christmas Toy Drive, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is making sure that the young people who attend its two youth centers have plenty to do throughout November and December. The calendar is overflowing with youth programming and a series of special events.

The nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit organization launched its winter season with a bang on Saturday, November 3. That day, more than 75 teenagers and their enthusiastic family members converged on the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center for a 5-on-5 basketball tournament, a video game tourney, a trivia game show, snacks, lunch, dinner and a movie. All youth events were free.

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CRYP Announces Kickoff for Fall Semester of “Main University” at Youth Center

DON’T FORGET: Support The Main’s Renovation Through a
Running Strong for American Indian Youth Matching Grant Until September 30, 2012

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced exciting plans for the fall semester of “Main University” at The Main, its youth center on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte. The center, founded in 1988 and in its current facility since 1999, is dedicated to serving 4- to 12-year-olds on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation.

The semester will officially kick off on Monday, October 1. CRYP staff and volunteers plan to host eight classes: Lakota Culture & Language, Creative Writing, Greek Mythology, Geography, the Art of Games, Dance, Cooking and Science. According to Megan Guiliano, youth programs director, many of the class topics were chosen based on the kids’ interests.

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