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CRYP and Power of Four Teens Will Host Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2

This Month, Teen Interns Also Participated in Roundtable Discussions Devoted to Cheyenne River’s Elders and to Suicide Prevention Efforts on the Reservation

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®, together with the teens who participate in the “Power of Four” internship program, will be hosting its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 2. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, the craft fair will feature work from a wide variety of Cheyenne River artists and craftspeople, as well as several special events.

One such event is the annual Christmas Bake-Off, with prizes for the winners in each category. The baked goods must be entered no later than 1 p.m. for the 1-3 p.m. competition; categories include Cookies, Cakes, Bars and Most Delicious.

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Power of Four Teen Interns Prepare for “Winter Kick-Off Event” Saturday, November 3

Now that the fall harvest season is ending in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win garden, the “Power of Four” teen interns are turning their attention from produce and processing to assisting with preparations for CRYP’s Winter Kick-Off Event. Scheduled for Saturday, November 3, this event will encompass a broad range of special activities throughout the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

According to Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director, a highlight will be the official grand opening of the new Fitness Center. The center is now fully stocked with a variety of cardio machines — including recumbent bicycles, spinning bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills — as well as strength-training equipment.

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Power of Four Teens Join Peers for Memorable “Breakfast with Billy Mills”

On Tuesday, September 11, four of the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Power of Four” teen interns joined a group of their Cheyenne River peers for a memorable breakfast with a Lakota icon: Billy Mills.

Mills, an Oglala Lakota tribal member and former U.S. Marine from Pine Ridge, won a gold medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He is the only American ever to win the Olympic gold in that event — and the second Native American to win a gold medal in Olympic history. Mills was on the Cheyenne River reservation last week taking part in Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s Annual Reservations Tour.

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Power of Four Teen Interns and Missouri Service Group Co-Host “Japanese Bistro”

A little bit of Japan came to the Cheyenne River reservation earlier this month, when a longtime Cheyenne River Youth Project® supporter from Missouri arrived in South Dakota with a group of international students for a week of volunteer service and cultural exchange. The highlight of the group’s stay was a “Japanese Bistro” night in CRYP’s Keya (“Turtle”) Cafe on Wednesday, August 1.

“Debbie Wills from our St. Louis branch of CRYP was leading the undergraduate and graduate students, and since five of the 10 young people were from Japan, they came up with the idea for this special Japanese-themed evening,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “They designed the menu and purchased all the food before making the trip to South Dakota.”

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Teen Leaders Travel to Washington, DC for Five Days of Meetings, Attractions and Fun

American writer and painter Henry Miller once noted, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” On May 22-27, six “Power of Four” teen leaders from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation learned this first-hand as they left their north-central South Dakota home and traveled to Washington, D.C. for five days of high-level meetings, cultural attractions and unadulterated fun in the heart of the nation’s capital.

For many of the young people, this trip meant a lot of firsts: first airplane flight, first trip east of the Mississippi, first escalator, first metro ride and first time hailing a cab. But as exciting and memorable as those firsts were, they paled in comparison to what CRYP had in store for them, through the generous assistance of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Fredericks Peebles & Morgan.

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Power of Four Interns Focus on “Wellness Month” and Upcoming Washington, DC Trip

May is “Wellness Month” for the Power of Four teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. That means the coming weeks will be filled with health and wellness activities as well as carefully planned work projects.

To start, the teens will attend a special presentation by John Finn, CRYP’s diabetes educator and dietitian, who will speak to the teens regarding healthy food choices and the hazards of their favorite junk-food treats. Denise Lightning Fire from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Youth Diabetes Prevention Program also will make a presentation, speaking to the interns about the habits and choices that could have long-term consequences, how they can avoid developing diabetes and how to teach friends and family members to choose a healthy lifestyle. And Robyn Chasing Hawk from the CRST Four Bands Healing Center will talk to the teens about drugs and alcohol — and about how their choice to say no can impact their bodies and their lives.

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Mother’s Day and May Flowers Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5

Teen interns participating in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Power of Four program are hard at work this week, preparing for their first-ever “Mother’s Day & May Flowers Spring Craft Fair.” Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, this special event will give local craftspeople, artisans, bakers and other creative people a venue for exhibiting and selling their work.

Community members may purchase space in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium for the day, at a cost of $10 per table. In addition, staff and volunteers are selling tickets for a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit CRYP youth programming and services.

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Power of Four Interns Prepare for Earth Day Community Service and Washington, DC Trip

The new year is shaping up to be an exciting one for the “Power of Four” teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Not only have they actively participated in CRYP’s “Circle of Storytellers” oral-history project and attended a performance of the celebrated Blue Man Group in Rapid City, they are gearing up for a series of Earth Day community service projects and a potentially life-changing trip to the nation’s capital.

“February and March were busy months for us,” said Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director. “In February, our teen interns took an important leadership role in our Keya Cafe through a ‘Night in Venice’ fundraising dinner, and alongside staff members, they started attending a series of four important training sessions that deal with such critical issues as bullying, drug awareness and gang prevention. Then, in March, we got them involved in our ‘Circle of Storytellers’ project.”

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Power of Four Interns Prepare to Host “A Night in Venice” Fundraiser

The “Power of Four” teen interns at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have embarked on their first major project of the new year: a special fundraiser called “A Night in Venice.” This special Valentine’s Day event is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 and will be held in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center’s Keya (Lakota for “turtle”) Cafe.

Attendees will be treated to a candle-lit, four-course Italian meal, including a bruschetta appetizer, a dinner salad, a choice of spaghetti with meatballs or lasagna for the entree and a cannoli dessert. Youth Programs Director Megan Guiliano and volunteer Jonathan Stuart-Moore will provide violin and cello music for diners to enjoy.

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Teens Host Special Fundraiser: “Christmas Craft Fair” at Cokata Wiconi on December 3

The teenagers who participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Power of Four” (Po4) and “Youth Leaders in Service” (YLS) programs have organized a special fundraiser to support CRYP’s Utilities Fund. On Saturday, December 3, these enterprising young people will host a Christmas Craft Fair in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fair will feature work from a variety of Cheyenne River artists and craftspeople, as well as special events that include a Christmas Bake-Off and a Chili Cook-Off, with a prize for each winner. The chili and baked goods must be entered no later than 1 p.m. for the 1-3 p.m. competition; baked goods categories include pies, cookies and bars.

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