For the Cheyenne River Youth Project, literacy is not just about reading, it is about comprehension, self-expression and communication. Our year-round literacy program incorporates reading aloud, creative and persuasive writing, and letter writing.

Children can choose to read a book quietly or work with a staff member or volunteer on their reading and comprehension skills. Volunteers also encourage the children to keep in touch with relatives, past volunteers, and even their representatives in Congress through the Main Post Office, through which children can send and receive mail with volunteer assistance.

During the summer months, CRYP endeavors to keep the children’s reading skills active through the Summer Literacy Program. Specific reading goals are set for each age group that participates, and children who work toward these goals receive stickers for each book that they complete (with the assistance of a volunteer or on their own). Children can earn incentives when they work consistently on their literacy throughout the summer.

Explore The Main

Arts & Crafts

All cultures utilize the arts to provide social commentary, whether it is the expression of emotions, the documentation of historical events, or the preservation of heritage. The Lakota, also, have a rich history as craftspeople and artisans, a tradition that CRYP respects and promotes in its activities. Learn more about Arts & Crafts at the Main.


At CRYP, literacy is not just about reading. It’s about developing comprehension skills, exploring new ways to express yourself, and appreciating different forms of communication. And, it’s about having fun. Learn more about Literacy at the Main.


A healthy body is vital for improving self-esteem, gaining confidence and keeping the mind open to new ideas and information. Through our Wellness activities, our children enjoy recreation, mentorship and teamwork while learning new skills. Learn more about Wellness at the Main.

Main University

Through an innovative series of staff- and volunteer-taught classes in a variety of subjects, our award-winning Main University enhances children’s current school experience—and lays the groundwork for the whole new world of higher education. Learn more about Main University.


We encourage children to attend The Main on a regular basis through our fun, creative and educational Clubs. In each session, the kids build on what they learned the previous week, and they strengthen their connections to their mentors, peers and Lakota values. Learn more about The Main’s Clubs.