Cheyenne River Youth Project®
East Lincoln St./ P.O. Box 410 Eagle Butte, SD 57625 Phone: (605) 964-8200 Fax: (605) 964-8201 www.lakotayouth.org
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® Family Services program hosted two membership drives this past fall: a Used Clothing and Items Giveaway on Friday, October 3 and a Winter Coat and Blanket Drive at its on Friday, October 23.
A CRYP Family Services membership costs $30 per year and covers all household occupants. The youth project then provides that family with basic hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, basic household cleaning products and laundry detergent. The program also oers supplies distributions (winter coats, blankets, school supplies, shoes, diapers, etc), a heat assistance program, a home improvement program, and the annual Christmas Toy Drive.
“Family Services does more than connect families with supplies,”Executive Director, Julie Garreau observed. “The memberships help families feel more self-reliant and in control of their lives. The choice they make to become members provides access to many valuable programs and services.”
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Teen Center Oers Fitness Competitions
This past October, CRYP introduced a new component to its ongoing wellness programming. Christened “Zaniya,”which means “health and wellness”in Lakota, the new oering was a multifaceted tness competition for teens held every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.
were most popular among the teens.
For each activity, participants were judged using four criteria: sportsmanship, competitive spirit, attendance and teamwork. Each criterion was evaluated on a 1-10 scale, and the points were added for a nal score for that day’s competition.
Each day’s competition featured a dierent sport or physical activity. These included Crazy Volleyball, badminton, Hacky Sack, a three-point shootout, a three-on-three basketball tourney, the basketball activity known as knockout — or “lightning”— and a timed basketball obstacle course that emphasized skills such as passing, dribbling, shooting and rebounding. According to Wiyaka Chasing Hawk, CRYP’s wellness coordinator and the Zaniya tness competition organizer, the basketball games
Chasing Hawk observed that encouraging young people to engage in physical activity is one of the rst lines of defense against all-too-prevalent diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. “It is the greatest feeling to know that the gym is a battleground against the diseases that plague wakan isya (“sacred beings, youth”in Lakota),”he said. He commented that the teens themselves inspired him to create the Zaniya tness competition and, as he put it, to “continue this battle.”
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