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

  • New Everyday Mural! (10/8/2014) - On the last weekend of September and the first weekend of October, youth affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Boys and Girls Club, and La Plata Youth Services participated in painting the newest mural at the Everyday … Continue reading
  • July-August Summer Newsletter (8/21/2014) - Below is a link to our final summer newsletter. Thank you to all who participated and made this summer great! LPYS July-August 2014 Program Update_Summer Program
  • Anschutz Challenge Grant (7/3/2014) - La Plata Youth Services is pleased to announce that the Anschutz Family Foundation has issued us a challenge grant in the amount of $5,000. This grant will go towards supporting services including assessment, case management, mediation, mentoring, tutoring, parent classes, and therapy. … Continue reading
  • iClean Durango (6/17/2014) - Two of our Youth Advocates volunteered time to keeping Durango clean and helped spread mulch during iClean Durango, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce! Just look at these go-getters! 
  • Summer is Here! (5/20/2014) - This year La Plata Youth Services has a summer program that will keep youth engaged, mindful, and active.  We have developed a program that runs an experiential education outing at the beginning of the week, and follows up with a … Continue reading