BENEFITING: Cheyenne River Youth Project
In 1988, with the support of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, members of the Eagle Butte community took over a run-down bar and converted it to place where local children could go after school for a meal, homework help and just to be safe. Unfortunately the community is one of the poorest in the nation and because of the poverty children are faced with many, many challenges at home and on the streets - like drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and hunger.
This place was called "The Main" and in just a short amount of time, this program proved to be a vital part of the community. As the program continued to grow, they outgrew that old bar and with support of lots of friends and partners the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) campus was developed. Today, the grassroots non-profit organization continues to be that 'safe haven' for Lakota children and teens and the Cheyenne River Youth Project delivers programs to youth in the areas of health, wellness, arts, culture, leadership, education, literacy and so much more. Last year, over 1,500 youth and 350 families participated in programs and services in the Main Youth Center (serving kids age 4-12), the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center (13-18 teens), the Family Services Program and the Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden.
Because the Cheyenne River Youth Project has been such a critical youth and family program for those on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, an Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to help sustain the organization for many more years. To date, nearly $25,000 has been contributed to the Cheyenne River Youth Project Endowment!
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we strive to raise an additional $25,000. As a friend and supporter, please consider making a small donation to help ensure the success of Cheyenne River Youth Project for generations to come.
Oh behalf of the children, teens and families across the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, thank you for your support and friendship.
Pilamya (Thank You)