After conducting much in-depth research on Native run organizations currently operating on the reservation, we were favorably impressed with the accomplishments of the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP).
Our mission is to come alongside and provide support to groups that are taking the lead in improving living conditions and focusing on long term solutions for the problems people are experiencing on the reservation. It is not our intention to tell others how they should change or to encourage dependency on handouts. The following information has been provided by CRYP through their website.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.
Poverty has a profound effect on family structure and self-esteem, which contributes to a variety of social ills. Located in one of the nation’s five poorest counties, CRYP serves the community by offering safe and healthy spaces, fostering healthy choices and life practices, strengthening connections to Lakota culture, teaching valuable job and life skills, and creating opportunities for a more vibrant and secure future.
You can find out more about CRYP by visiting: https://lakotayouth.org
We are supporting this organization by offering our volunteers the opportunity to participate in short term mission trips where we offer workshops to the children and youth of the reservation exposing them to new ideas and opportunities through fun and educational activities.