FROM POLLEN MIDWEST
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.
EQUIPPING TEENS FOR LIFE
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.