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.


Recent News

  • Drop-in Basketball (2/13/2014) - Headed by our volunteer advocate, Halan, this Drop-in session is held on weekends at Neeham Elementary School lower courts.  For more information on how to get involved and times please call 970-385-4440 x22.
  • Parenting Class (2/13/2014) - Calm Parenting is facilitated by Liza Tregillus, Play Therapist and Parenting Coach. For the next class on February 20th please view this flyer: Calm Parenting 9R final elmentary (2).
  • Rural Philanthropy Days (2/13/2014) - Rural Philanthropy Days is a three day event starting Wednesday June 11th through Friday June 13th in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  This event has been primarily utilized by non-profits and philanthropic interests to increase fundraising capacity and skills building, however this … Continue reading
  • BJS Releases 2011 School Crime and Safety Report (4/5/2012) - The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2011,” a report that provides data on crime and safety at school from the perspective of students, teachers, and principals. It also provides crime and safety … Continue reading
  • Safe Start Center’s Antibullying Blog Receives Award (4/5/2012) - The Safe Start National Resource Center’s National Bullying Prevention Month blog series has been honored as a 2011 AVA Gold Winner. The Safe Start Center works to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in preventing and reducing the … Continue reading