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    Cecilia FireThunder to be Keynote Speaker at This Year’s Passion for Fashion

Cecilia FireThunder to be Keynote Speaker at This Year’s Passion for Fashion

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that Cecilia FireThunder, the first woman to serve as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will be keynote speaker at this year’s eagerly anticipated Passion for Fashion. The event is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in Eagle Butte.

“We’re honored to welcome Cecilia FireThunder to our community and to our 2017 Passion for Fashion event,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “This event is all about lifting up our young Lakota women, in every aspect, from supporting their wellness to strengthening the connection to their culture. Cecilia has an impressive background in native health, wellness and education, with a particular emphasis on healing. We’re very much looking forward to giving our youth this opportunity to hear her speak.”

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    It’s Not Just About the Prom: Support Passion for Fashion, and Help Lift Up Young Lakota Women

It’s Not Just About the Prom: Support Passion for Fashion, and Help Lift Up Young Lakota Women

A month remains to support the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s 2017 Passion for Fashion event, which is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. The nonprofit youth project is asking its friends and supporters to make an in-kind or financial contribution so it can make sure Cheyenne River’s young women will have a prom night to remember.

It’s about so much more than the prom, however. Since its inception 16 years ago, Passion for Fashion has proven to be a powerful venue for building friendships, multigenerational relationships, and positive self-esteem.

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CRYP Launches Dress Drive for 2017 Passion for Fashion

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has officially launched its 2017 Dress Drive for Passion for Fashion. The nonprofit organization is asking its friends and supporters to donate everything from dresses to hair accessories so its young people can be ready for this spring’s high school prom.

On the surface, the prom is all about glamorous gowns and dashing tuxedos, fresh corsages and sparkling jewelry, popular music and lots of dancing. Underneath, however, this uniquely American rite of passage is about so much more—it’s a celebration of friendship, multigenerational bonding, and positive self-esteem.

Unfortunately, for too many teenagers on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation and in neighboring rural towns, this vision can seem far from reality. Their families cannot spare the significant funds necessary for the latest formal wear and all the accessories, nor is it feasible for them to make the three- to five-hour round trip required to go shopping in distant Pierre or Rapid City.

Executive Director Julie Garreau, Youth Programs Director Tammy Granados and the rest of the CRYP staff firmly believe that Cheyenne River’s youth should have the same exciting, memorable prom experiences as those enjoyed by teens across America. To provide that experience, the grassroots youth project created Passion for Fashion in 2001.

“At its heart, Passion for Fashion has much in common with our more well-known Christmas Toy Drive,” Garreau said. “In both cases, our young people are simply amazed to see the miracle that unfolds at Cokata Wiconi. They feel how treasured they are, and they come to realize how many people truly do care.”

The 17th annual Passion for Fashion event is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Cokata Wiconi. For the ninth year in a row, it will feature a special theme.

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2017 Passion for Fashion: How to Help

If you would like to support the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 2017 Dress Drive for Passion for Fashion, please considering contributing any of the following:

-New/Gently Used Formal Dresses (Sizes 4-26, especially sizes 16-26)
-Dress Accessories (Examples: Purses, Wraps, Scarves)
-Formal Shoes (especially sizes 9-12)
-Jewelry
-Hair Accessories & Care Products
-Facial, Manicure and Pedicure Supplies
-Makeup and Bath Sets
-Gift Cards
-Cash Donations

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    Nearly 70 Teens Attend This Year’s “Passion for Fashion”

Nearly 70 Teens Attend This Year’s “Passion for Fashion”

On Saturday, March 12, 69 teenage girls on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation converged on the Cheyenne River Youth Project® for its much-loved, annual “Passion for Fashion” event. For 15 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has arranged this special day to to celebrate the strength, achievements and limitless potential of the reservation’s next generation of young women.

“We created Passion for Fashion in 2001 so we could ensure that our girls could experience the joy and excitement all young people should experience when they approach this rite of passage,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “But the day is about so much more than that. It’s about bonding, self esteem and expressing yourself in an authentic way.”

When the 69 teens (including seven who drove more than an hour from Takini, in the southwestern part of the reservation) arrived at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center at 1 p.m., they marveled at the transformation of the center from its everyday incarnation to a celebration of Star Wars and “The Force Awakens.” According to Garreau, the theme was both timely and highly appropriate.

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    Less Than Three Weeks Remain to Support Our 2016 Passion for Fashion Event!

Less Than Three Weeks Remain to Support Our 2016 Passion for Fashion Event!

Less than three weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2016 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters have until Thursday, March 10 to send their new and gently used dresses, formal shoes, jewelry and accessories to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus.

“Each year, we try to get all donations in house a couple of days prior to Passion for Fashion,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Our staff and volunteers need some time to sort all the donations by type and size, and to prepare them for roughly 100 teenage girls who can’t wait to have the opportunity to find just the right dress, shoes, and accessories for prom. It’s a true American rite of passage, and it should be one of the most magical experiences in their young lives.”

This year’s Passion for Fashion will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and will feature the exciting (and timely) theme “The Force Awakens.”

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    Darrell Redleaf Will Be Keynote Speaker for 2016 Passion for Fashion

Darrell Redleaf Will Be Keynote Speaker for 2016 Passion for Fashion

Less than five weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s annual Passion for Fashion event, where young women from across South Dakota’s 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation come together to celebrate that classic American rite of passage, their high-school prom. And this year, they have a very special treat in store for them.

The 27-year-old, grassroots, not-for-profit youth project has announced that its keynote speaker will be Darrell Redleaf, a top celebrity hair stylist, makeup artist, product developer and TV commentator with 30 years of experience in the Hollywood glamour business. He also has personal ties to Cheyenne River.

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CRYP Launches Dress Drive for 2016 Passion for Fashion

Although it’s hard to imagine in the depths of winter, spring is around the corner. And that means teenagers across the country are already thinking of that one special occasion that has become an American rite of passage. The prom.

Yet on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, excitement for prom season can be tempered by hard realities. Here, most families cannot spare the funds for formal wear and accessories, nor can they manage the three- to five-hour round-trip drive for a shopping trip in Pierre or Rapid City. That’s why the Cheyenne River Youth Project® launched Passion for Fashion in 2001.

“We want to ensure that every teenage girl can make her prom dreams come true,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “But Passion for Fashion means even more than that. This special one-day event is about developing positive self-esteem and self-confidence, bonding with other teens, and sharing a major life experience with the women in your life, from mothers and sisters to aunties and grandmas.”

This year’s Passion for Fashion event will take place on Saturday, March 12 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. And for the eighth year in a row, the daylong event will feature a special theme; past years’ themes have included Old Hollywood Glamour, Juicy Couture, Alice in Wonderland, Fashion Week, The ‘80s: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, International Women’s Day, and Graffiti & Street Art. This year’s theme: “The Force Awakens.”

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2015 Passion for Fashion Serves 165 Teens

For 14 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has celebrated the strength, achievements and limitless potential of the young ladies who live on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation through a special annual program called “Passion for Fashion.” The 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization started Passion for Fashion in 2001 to ensure that Cheyenne River’s teens would have everything they need for prom night; this year, the beloved springtime program served 165 young people.

A significant number of the teens attended CRYP’s signature “Passion for Fashion” event on Saturday, March 14. The rest visited the youth project’s East Lincoln Street campus afterward, as schedules allowed. All were able to choose their dream dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories for this year’s high school prom.

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    Less Than Three Weeks Remain — Support CRYP’s 2015 Passion for Fashion

Less Than Three Weeks Remain — Support CRYP’s 2015 Passion for Fashion

Less than three weeks remain before the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s eagerly anticipated 2015 Passion for Fashion event. That means donors and supporters have until Thursday, March 12 to send their new and gently used dresses, formal shoes, jewelry and accessories to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus.

“If possible, we’re trying to get all donations in house a couple of days prior to Passion for Fashion,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Our staff and volunteers need some time to sort all the donations by type and size, and to prepare them for roughly 100 teenage girls who are eagerly awaiting the chance to find just the right dress, shoes, and accessories for what they hope will be the night of their lives.”

This year’s Passion for Fashion will take place on Saturday, March 14 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and will feature the exciting theme “Glamour and Graffiti.” When the young women arrive for their formal, sit-down luncheon and the keynote presentation from guest speaker Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart, they will be surrounded by Pop Art/Street Art in CRYP’s Keya Cafe and lobby area. Then, as they move on to enjoy manicures, pedicures, hair styling, makeovers, facials and shopping for all the prom essentials, they’ll experience Creative Lettering, Handstyles, Street Art of the World, New York City and much more.

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