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Cheyenne River Youth Project Continues College Night Through May

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North-central South Dakota teens can still attend a College Night hosted by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte, South Dakota if they haven’t been able to before.

College Nights begin at 7 p.m. and each presenting college will give information about the school, the application process, degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, housing, social activities and college life.

Upcoming presentations will be held by the University of South Dakota on May 5, Presentation College on May 10, the University of Michigan on May 11, and the University of Kansas on May 25.

“This is the fifth year that we’ve offered the College Night program, and we’ve been amazed to see how quickly it’s taken off,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, in a press release. “Each year, we draw larger crowds, and our teens have been telling us that they really look forward to this time of year. These kids are so eager to learn about higher education—what it’s like, what it has to offer them, what it can mean for their future. College Nights actually shed light on how students can make their dreams come true.”

College nights are free and open to Cheyenne River Reservation middle and high school students as well as students from other area schools.

Eight colleges have already presented at College Night events this year, including Viterbo University, Emmanuel College, Rice University, Iowa State University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Towson University and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

“Northwestern’s group specifically addressed how higher education affects which careers teens may be interested in pursuing,” Garreau said. “Our remaining school groups will do the same. We’ve also invited local entrepreneurs, tribal officials, staff and long-term volunteers to make special presentations when the colleges finish theirs. We feel this is an important additional component for College Night programming, as it really demonstrates how schooling directly impacts adult lives.”

CRYP will also be adding a Career Fair to its calendar.

“We haven’t set a date yet, but we’ll make an announcement as soon as details are finalized,” Garreau said. “We’re all very excited about this new development, as it’s a logical evolution of our College Night program. And once it’s off the ground, we hope to offer it every year.”

For more information call 605-964-8200 or visit the group’s website.