In conjunction with the First Peoples Fund, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is now offering an Emerging Poets Fellowship for Lakota youth ages 13-18 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Open for applications until July, the program will officially launch in September.
This innovative one-year fellowship will give teens valuable poetry, leadership and development training, which also includes specific life skills such as learning how to open a bank account, how to create a resume, and how to write an effective cover letter. Teens will build their own chapbook anthologies, and they will receive both a letter of recommendation and a $500 fellowship upon completion of the program.
“The fellowship isn’t that different from our teen internships,” says Jerica Widow, CRYP’s youth programs director. “It simply provides yet another way for us to offer new opportunities to our teens, and invite them to explore yet another creative outlet as they express themselves in a positive, healthy, safe space.”
“We would love to see more programs like this in Indian Country,” says Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Our oral traditions have deep cultural and historical significance, and we want to find new and innovative ways to strengthen the connection our young people have with those traditions. There is real, transformative power in poetry and the spoken word.”
For more information and to obtain an application, contact Jerica Widow at (605) 964-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications also can be found online at www.bit.ly/cryppoetapp.