Julie Garreau is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is the executive director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Julie has been CRYP’s director since the organization’s 1988 inception, volunteering in the position for 12 years. Click Julie's image for her full bio.
Meghan Tompkins is originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Duluth majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Professional Writing. Click Meghan's photo to read her full bio.
A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Jerica was born and raised on the reservation. Upon her 2007 graduation from Takini High School, she began taking courses in Early Childhood Education at Oglala Lakota College. She began working with the youth in 2009, through Department of Social Services and Child Protection Service centers within the community. Click on Jerica's photo for her full bio.
As CRYP’s Art Director, Tyler oversees programming, facilities and resources at the nonprofit youth organization’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. Click Tyler's photo to read his full bio.
As CRYP’s public relations manager, Heather writes all of the organization’s press releases, produces its monthly e-newsletter, handles media relations, contributes to the website, and assists with fundraising, outreach and other development activities. Click on Heather's photo to read her full bio.
Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy is an independent grant-writing consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. Her expertise lies in the arts and in native community development. Click on Jody's photo to read her full bio.
Wendell Nezzie Jr. was born and raised in Eagle Butte and Red Scaffold, South Dakota, and he currently resides in Red Scaffold. He has two sisters and two brothers. He attended school in Dupree and graduated from Takini High School in Red Scaffold in 2013. Click on Wendell's photo to read his full bio.
Anthony grew up in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Not only did he spend time at the CRYP campus as a youth, he served as a valued community volunteer during his teen years. In 2013, he worked for the youth project for several months before starting his college career. Click on Anthony's photo to read his full bio.
As finance manager, Crystal is responsible for managing all of CRYP’s grants and tracking the organization’s spending. Her professional career has given her a critical skill set, including accounting, bookkeeping and payroll, and she brings tremendous value to the CRYP team. Click on Crystal's photo to read her full bio.
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As CRYP's website and design associate, Mina manages the organization's website and e-store backend, and assists with other graphic design related needs. She has enjoyed working with CRYP for over 10 years. Click on Mina's photo to read her full bio.
EXPLORE ABOUT SECTION
Mission & History
In 1988, Julie Garreau and a group of volunteers founded CRYP in a defunct bar on Eagle Butte’s Main Street. We’ve come a long way since then. Learn more about our Mission and History.
CRYP wouldn’t be where it is today without our resourceful, hard-working staff members, who routinely go well beyond the call of duty to serve our children, families and community. Learn more about our Staff.
Board of Directors
We are fortunate to have the support of a dedicated group of local and regional community leaders, who consistently offer their guidance as CRYP continues to grow and evolve. Learn more about our Board of Directors.
As we pursue our ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community, and engage with partners across the country, CRYP also calls on a team of valued professionals for advice and expertise. Learn more about CRYP’s Advisory Board.
A core component of our mission is to offer safe, positive, healthy spaces for our young people, families and community members to gather, exchange ideas, learn, socialize and thrive. Learn more about our Facilities.
Honors & Awards
Through the years, CRYP’s efforts have been recognized by a variety of regional and national organizations. Learn more about Our Honors and Awards.
We strive to keep our partners, supporters and friends up to date on all the latest happenings here at CRYP. Click here to see our Publications.
CRYP is dedicated to full transparency. Click here for our latest Financial statements and 990.