Suzette Brewer
Khalid Garreau cooks with freshly harvested vegetables at the Cheyenne River Youth Project kitchen.

Cheyenne River Youth Project Offering Paid Internships for Teen Gardening Program

Suzette Brewer

Eagle Butte, South Dakota—The Cheyenne River Youth Project today announced a summer employment opportunity for teens age 13-17 to participate in its Garden and Wellness Internship Program. Youth will work in the Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden and participate in a variety of diabetes prevention education and wellness activities during two three-week sessions beginning in June.

CRYP’s two-acre organic, non-GMO garden is a key component of the organization’s programs and is the cornerstone in our efforts to build a more sustainable food system on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation.  While teaching environmental stewardship, the garden project is guided by traditional and spiritual Lakota principles, including Generosity, Spirituality, Wisdom, Respect, Courage, Honesty and Patience. Additionally, youth will take part in other programs, including diabetes prevention. Teens will be required to work for 60 hours over the three-week session, usually between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is being funded by Diabetes Action and Research Education Foundation and the J.R. Alberts Foundation.

Teens will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the internship. All participants are required to attend all work and related programming hours in order to receive their stipend. Please note: Applications are due by Friday May 2nd, 2014. Applications are available either at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center or they may be downloaded from our website at

Activities include:

• Plant, water, tend to and harvest the garden.

• Learn about traditional agriculture.

• Assist with CRYP Farmers Market.

• Learn about healthy foods and diabetes prevention.

• Assist in preparing other wellness activities.

• Take part in wellness and cultural trainings.

This year there will be two garden intern sessions: June 2nd-20th and June 30th-July 21st. All accepted interns will be placed into one of the sessions. Program dates are subject to change. Interns will be informed if they have been accepted by Monday May 19th. For more information, contact Ryan at 605-964-8200.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in  South Dakota. To learn more about CRYP, visit

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