La Plata Youth Services (LPYS) supports and advocates for youth facing challenges in school, home, or court.
All of our programs and services are geared toward improving supports and resources for youth, increasing assets and protective factors and reducing the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system.
Youth are referred to LPYS by schools, law enforcement agencies, and the courts. We manage all juvenile diversion cases for the courts, including truancy cases for participating schools in La Plata County, coordinate court and school-based restorative practices and programs, plus we form partnerships with the La Plata County Regional Collaborative Management Program, providing a series of client-centered, community-based programs.
During summer months, LPYS offers a positive youth engagement program for middle school students. We are expanding our programming to include interested high school students in 2019.
“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.”
In 2017-18, LPYS reached 651 students through truancy and court diversion services, with restorative justice, and through our partnership with the LPC Regional Collaborative Management Program.
NEW INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE:
Radical Possibilities Mentoring Program (RP): Radical Possibilities (RP) believes in the power of mentoring relationships to promote resilience and a sense of belonging in youth. Compassionate, supportive one-on-one relationships and shared rituals, such as group meals, stories, and gratitude, become the stepping-stones for youth to discover their untapped internal and external resources and thrive in an uncertain world.
RP is designed to be an internship for our mentors at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We are committed to building the capacity of our interns through thoughtful recruitment, comprehensive training, and on-going individual support. Our program practices are guided by principles of human dignity, non-violence, and positive youth development.
Restorative Practices Facilitator Assistant (Volunteer Internship, 20 hrs/week): The primary responsibility of the Restorative Practices Facilitator Assistant is to support capacity building strategies with staff and students in collaboration with the School-Based Restorative Practices Facilitator (SBRPF), support parent outreach and engagement efforts, and to co-facilitate processes as needed by the SBRPF, and to help develop working systems for the program in collaboration with the SBRPF and team partners at Durango High School and La Plata Youth Services.
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EL POMAR FOUNDATION AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE Recipient
In October 2018, La Plata Youth Services was one of 4 nonprofit organizations to receive the El Pomar Foundation Awards of Excellence. The Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations by presenting them with grant dollars for their impressive work to support the people of Colorado.
- Youth Creates PowerPoint Presentation — the Facts on Vaping (1/14/2019) - Recently, a youth working with La Plata Youth Services put together this informative PowerPoint on the facts and risks associated with teen vape use. We are proud to share the information, and grateful for their hard work putting this information … Continue reading
- Request for Proposals (RFP) for Strategic Planning Consultant (1/10/2019) - La Plata Youth Services is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a three-year strategic plan for the organization. Deadline: January 18, 2019 COB. For full RFP, please visit: http://www.lpys.org/about-lpys/employment-opportunities/
- El Pomar Awards for Excellence – La Plata Youth Services (1/8/2019) -
- Tuesday, December 4 is SW COLORADO GIVES DAY! (11/21/2018) -
- Upcoming Parent Support Group (2/22/2018) - Next week, LPYS’s Youth and Family Specialist, Stephanie Smith will be holding a Parent Support Group in our office at 2490 Main Ave. If you have any questions or would like to join the group, please contact Stephanie Smith at … Continue reading