Cheyenne River Youth Project Case Study

 Cheyenne River Youth Project
 Cheyenne River Youth Project

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how the Cheyenne River Youth Project created an internship program to prepare students for success no matter what job they find.

Excerpt from the Case Study

Born from a desire to transform a notorious main street bar into a drug- and alcohol-free space for the community’s youth, the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) has become an essential part of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, providing safe places for 4- to 18-year olds to gather, and for teens to learn valuable employment and life skills.

commitment to community


CRYP is a reflection of the Lakota community it serves. When the nonprofit needs guidance, it looks to the kids who walk through its doors every day, or pulls from the experience of staff members who grew up on the reservation. Their expertise determines how CRYP evolves.



When CRYP found itself strapped for cash, it relied on creativity and unique local fundraisers to keep its doors open. Even as the organization grew, Julie and her staff continued to think like a small-budget operation to ensure CRYP could always support its mission, even through the ebb and flow of outside support.

 Cheyenne River Youth Project


See how CRYP is tackling the lack of opportunity for youth on the Cheyenne River Reservation.