La Plata Youth Services

 La Plata Youth Services (LPYS) promotes positive youth development and encourages community engagement among youth at risk of becoming involved in the justice system.

Our programs support the individual needs of each youth. We focus on the interests and strengths of every adolescent to instill a sense of accountability and self-worth.

LPYS believes in restoring our youth’s community connections through meaningful community service, structured family support, and collaboration with volunteers and like-minded organizations in La Plata County.

We accept referral requests from Municipal Court, Police, Sheriff Office, and Durango 9-R, Bayfield, and Ignacio school districts.  We also will consider parent referrals.

“From my experience in youth services, I have learned that if I stay on the right path and achieve my goals I set for myself I will live a better life and become a better person.”

LPYS 2015 Annual Report

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Outreach and Program Associate Job Description



Recent News

  • Restorative Justice Facilitators WANTED (7/21/2016) - Contracted Facilitators WANTED: DURANGO, CO 81301 La Plata Youth Services is looking for experienced restorative justice facilitators. This contracted position will entail facilitating pre-conferences and conferences for a total of $200.00 per case completion. All other prep and follow up … Continue reading
  • Restorative Justice coming to Durango Schools (5/23/2016) - Check out this article about restorative justice in Durango schools. Bravo to Miller Middle, Big Picture High, and Animas High! We applaud you.
  • Office Assistant Needed (12/11/2015) - LPYS is seeking and individual to participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program Contact Judy Campbell (970) 385-3995 to apply!    
  • Training Opportunity (12/3/2015) - La Plata Youth Services will be hosting a training event for Motivational Interviewing Check out the MI page for full details!
  • Unchain My HeART Upcoming Workshops (12/1/2015) - Art Workshops are starting soon! Dec. 9th * Decoupage/Collage Work * 4-7pm * Open Shutter Gallery Dec. 16th * Smartphone Photography * 4-7pm * Open Shutter Gallery Email or call (970) 385-4440 ext. 22 to reserve your spot.  Stay … Continue reading