Cheyenne River Youth Project

FOR CHEYENNE RIVER, BY CHEYENNE RIVER

aka CRYP   |   Eagle Butte, SD   |  http://www.lakotayouth.org

Mission

The mission of the Cheyenne River Youth Project is to give the Lakota youth of the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation access to a vibrant and secure future through our culturally sensitive programs, projects and facilities – ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ms. Julie Garreau

Main address

P.O. Box 410 702 4th Street

Eagle Butte, SD 57625-0410 USA

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EIN

46-0423106

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Cheyenne River Youth Project was founded in response to the community's critical need for services that support struggling children and their families. Our first project was youth center for children and their families begun in 1988 that has come to be known as 'The Main' and quickly became a vital element of the Cheyenne River Community. 'The Main' includes recreation room, library, family room, commercial grade kitchen, office space and residential quarters for long-term volunteers. From the beginning, we have found many young voices willing to tell us what is important to them, leading to our newest project, the construction of a teen center name 'Cokata Wiconi,' meaning 'Center of Life' in the Lakota language, opened in October 2006. 'Cokata Wiconi' is a place better suited to teen interests, including an internet cafe and computer lab, a gymnasium with a high school regulation sized basketball court, a weight room, art and dance space, classrooms, a counselor's office, a restaurant style kitchen and a library. There are also staff offices and long-term volunteer quarters. Cheyenne River Youth Project continues to grow its programs, including a midnight basketball league, a children's garden, literacy programs, and specially focused events such as 'Passion For Fashion,' a sleep-over for teen girls where they receive professional tips on hair and make-up and participate in conversations about body-image and self-esteem.

Population(s) Served

The Main Youth Center targets the youngest residents of the community serving children ages 4-12 after school and on weekends. In addition to being a warm and safe place to go and get a healthy meal, the Main Youth Center offers a number of activities that promote arts and culture, healthy lifestyles and education. While learning more about their Lakota culture and history, The Main Youth Center’s Arts and Culture program also allows children the opportunity to express themselves through their artistic creations. The Wellness Program incorporates physical activities through recreational games and mentorship, giving the children tools to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Many additional educational programs function within the Main Youth Center, including the Literacy Program and Main University which offers reading and writing programs and a variety of semester long classes the children can take in an environment similar to one in a college setting.

Population(s) Served

After the Main Youth Program had operated for many years and encountered success in meeting the needs of the children across the reservation; staff, volunteers and community members were determined to create a center dedicated to the teens – and graduates of the Main Youth Program – that they could call home. As a result, in 2006 Ċokata Wiċoni Teen Center was opened. Currently, Ċokata Wiċoni (which means Center of Life) is frequented by approximately 100 teens on a daily basis. When they come to the facility, they have amenities that include an internet café, library, computer lab, commercial kitchen, classroom space, gymnasium, fitness room and art & dance studios. At the teen center, youth are exposed to positive adult and peer influences and they find hope through the many exciting opportunities and programs offered in the areas of; Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture, Education, Leadership and Personal Development.

Population(s) Served

The Wiyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) Garden is another key component of CRYP programs and services and is the cornerstone in our efforts to build a more sustainable food system on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation, while fostering environmental stewardship. The garden project is guided by traditional and spiritual principles, incorporating our Lakota values into the gardens development – Generosity, Spirituality, Wisdom, Respect, Courage, Honest, and Patience. Built upon a unique combination of spiritual, human and land based resources, CRYP children, their families and even community elders are involved in the 2 acre Wiyan Toka Win Garden. One of the most important aspects of the garden program is to foster community participation so the value of gardening and knowledge of traditional agricultural methods can be transferred from generation to generation.

Population(s) Served

To meet the needs of CRYP families across the reservation, the Family Services Program was born in 2003. Families in need of emergency hygiene supplies, clothing, blankets, shoes, school supplies and more come to the CRYP and have access to these items donated from individuals across the world. In addition to providing these basic home staples to families, the Family Services Program provides resources for families in need of heating assistance and home improvement funds to keep their families safe, warm and comfortable in the harsh winter conditions. Finally, the Family Services Program conducts an annual Christmas Toy Drive assuring that CRYP children will have a gift under the tree on Christmas morning - even if their family has been affected by poverty.

Population(s) Served

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    CRYP primarily services, through our programs and services, in the age of 4-18. However, because to support our children we also support our families through our Family Services program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Database System,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the COVID pandemic we were unable to provide youth services in the facilities so we adapted our learning spaces. For example, we turned our gym into a virtual learning classroom; rather than offer family services by having our families come into the facility we offered food distributions for our FS members but we also provide Reservation wide distributions which were all curbside and contactless; and more. Our families saw CRYP as an essential service so we adapted to the needs of our families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We ask those we serve for feedback it most certainly shapes the direction we take with programming, facilities, etc which makes the kids, who we primarily serve, invested. We have to be able to help the kids understand that CRYP was created for them. The building are their buildings.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

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Cheyenne River Youth Project

Board of directors
as of 3/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

JEREMY PATTERSON

Cheyenne River Youth Project

Term: 2016 - 2024


Board co-chair

KARLA ABBOTT

Cheyenne River Youth Project

Term: 2016 - 2024

JEFFREY MEYER

LONNIE HEIER

PEGGY GALLIPO

KIBBE BROWN