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NEW Career Opportunities at CRYP!

As the nonprofit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project approaches the 30-year mark, it continues to grow and evolve as a community development organization. That means it can offer more career opportunities for those who seek employment in nonprofit development and youth programming.

CRYP currently has open positions for a full-time deputy director and a full-time youth programs director at its Eagle Butte campus. Both salaried positions include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate’s qualifications. The positions are available immediately.

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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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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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    CRYP Welcomes New Cafe Manager, Announces Keya Cafe “Soft Opening”

CRYP Welcomes New Cafe Manager, Announces Keya Cafe “Soft Opening”

CRYYP is pleased to announce that Jerri Ellen Thompson-LaPlante was promoted to the role of cafe manager this month. LaPlante, who has been working as a youth programs assistant for the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project, will immediately begin preparations for the January “soft opening” of CRYP’s new Keya Cafe.

In her new role, LaPlante will be responsible for all aspects of cafe operations, from finances, inventory and stocking to preparing meals, meal service and maintaining a high-quality, commercial-grade kitchen. She also will oversee cafe personnel, which likely will include area teens in their first formal job experience.

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CRYP Welcomes Ryan Devlin, Sustainable Agriculture Manager

CRYP is excited to announce that Ryan Devlin joined its full-time staff in late September. Devlin will serve as the organization’s sustainable agriculture manager.

In his new role, Devlin will be responsible for preparation, planting, maintenance and harvesting of the Winyan Toka Win garden; maintaining CRYP grounds, the garden shed and all equipment; directing and managing the Leading Lady Farmers Market; supervising all garden work; promoting native food sovereignty and security; developing and promoting community gardens; collaborating with youth programming staff on garden-related youth and intergenerational initiatives; assisting with community outreach and education; and developing necessary assessment tools for CRYP’s sustainable systems initiatives.

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Former volunteer joins staff as garden coordinator, thanks to NWAF grant

This summer is a big one for us. Thanks to a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation and a nationwide grassroots fundraising campaign, our nearly 25-year-old nonprofit has been able to undertake a major expansion of sustainable agriculture initiatives.

NWAF supports efforts across eight states to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity, focusing on organizations that are doing innovative, cutting-edge work. Its $65,000 grant to CRYP will allow the youth project to hire a sustainable agriculture coordinator and will provide the means to construct eight Farmers Market stands, build an additional garden shed and purchase supplies for managing the 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden.

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Teen center readies for Culture Camps, International Night

Our first Culture Camp of the summer is set for Monday, June 3, at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. The camp is open to youth ages 4 to 18, and it will run every day that week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Culture Camps will take place the first week of each summer month. During this inaugural camp, highlights will include two days of learning about medicinal and traditional plants with Linda Bishop, two days of learning traditional arts with Ray Dupris, and traditional cooking with Tammy Eagle Hunter, our youth programs director.

“With Linda, the kids will learn about picking sage, digging for tipsila and making salve with native plants,” she said. “With Ray, they’ll learn about making traditional arts with buckskin, rawhide and beadwork. Then I’m going to work with them to make papa soup — dried meat, dried turnips and dried corn — one night for supper.”

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Meet our new Youth Programs Director: Longtime staffer Tammy Eagle Hunter

Longtime CRYP staffer Tammy Eagle Hunter will serve as our youth programs director starting this month. She’s replacing Megan Guiliano, who will remain on site to mentor Tammy from May until July.

In her new role, Tammy will be responsible for program development and implementation at our Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center; youth and community outreach; grant writing and management; local fundraising; and managing CRYP organizational partnerships. She also will handle orientation, training and evaluations of new staff and volunteers.

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CRYP Announces the Appointment of April Bachman as Finance Manager

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is pleased to welcome a new member to its full-time staff. This month, April Bachman joined the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization as its finance manager.

Bachman will be responsible for planning and directing all accounting activities, and she will play a critical role in departmental and organizational management tasks. These include managing the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, The Main youth center and CRYP’s Family Services program, which includes home improvement assistance, heat assistance and all distributions.

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