LPYS is seeking applicants for Youth Advocates!

Do you want to have a positive impact in the lives of youth and families?

LPYS is seeking applicants for Youth Advocates.

Please visit “Employment Opportunities”, under “About Us”, for more information.

We encourage you to apply by Friday, June 12th, as interviews will take place the week of June 15th.


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Summer is Here Signup Now!

Summer is here! Program information and signup materials are available online here. If you are referring an individual to LPYS summer program, please send referral materials to us by June 5th so we can accommodate all youth with transportation needs.

If you have any transportation needs in order to participate in our summer program, please contact us ASAP and make sure you have signed up by June 5th.

Be well,

Dillon Walls

Community Outreach Coordinator

La Plata Youth Services


Take a look at some other opportunities in La Plata County:

Thrasher Thursdays Flyer

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Steampunk Wipeout Snowdown 2015

The Steampunk Wipeout was a success!

La Plata Youth Services contributed the LAZER CORRIDOR obstacle to the event, which brought over 150 participants to a slushy Buckley Park. We hope to contribute next year! This event was put on by the Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition with collaboration of Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners (RSAPP), La Plata County 4H, Boys and Girls Club Durango, The La Plata Family Centers Coalition, and others. Check out some photos of the event:

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Office Assistant Needed: SCSEP position available

La Plata Youth Services is seeking a Senior Community Service Employment Position to train to perform office assistant duties.  If you are 55 years or older, you may qualify!

Please download this flyer with more information: SCSEP POSITION

Or contact:

Judy Campbell:
SER-SCSEP Colorado
484 Turner Dr. Unit E-102
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 385-3995

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Unchain My HEART

La Plata Youth Services is proud to announce our fundraising event Unchain My HEART: a multi-media youth art exhibit and silent auction. We will be holding this event on February 13th at Open Shutter Gallery. All submissions by youth artists are due on January 8th. Digital photo copies of the art must be submitted by December 19th.  All participating artists must submit an entry form.

Entries are limited to three works per person. All youth may price their artwork how they wish, and will receive all the proceeds from the sale of their artwork. Fundraising for La Plata Youth Services will be primarily based on proceeds from our silent auction. Youth may donate art to LPYS, but are not required to donate their art nor the proceeds from the sale of that artwork.

Until then, we are hosting a workshop on December 13th to help youth create some works of art. This workshop will be at the Durango Arts Center from 1-3. We will have an art instructor/art therapist to assist youth in the creative process.

Please download these documents if you or someone you know is interested in participating:

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Open Shutter_young artist form_Exhibit Entry Form_FINAL

Workshop dec13 flyer

If you have questions about the process, please contact Katy@lpys.org or call (970)385-4440.

If you would like to volunteer time to help with the planning and during the event please contact Dillon@lpys.org or call (970)385-4440.

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New Everyday Mural!

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 Gas Station on 8th Ave and College. Youth of all ages participated in the making of this miraculous collaboration art piece signifying change and the many different light and dark aspects to life. One side symbolizes darkness, and the other symbolizes joyous things such as hiking, skiing, and river tubing.

This project was also a collaboration between the three organizations that made it happen. We would like to thank BBBS and Boys and Girls Club of Durango for allowing us to contribute and participate!


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July-August Summer Newsletter

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

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Anschutz Challenge Grant

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.

We must raise $5,000 by October 15 in order to access these funds in full!!

Click here to make a donation today!

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iClean Durango

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! Iclean1 Iclean2 Iclean3 Iclean4

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Summer is Here!

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 community service day at the end of the week.  Both days are connected by educational content and are designed to keep the youth focused on a theme and to place ideology, theory, and practice in an understandable context for them to reflect upon. This summer we are focusing on many themes: Ecosystems and Sustainable Agriculture, Hydrology, Equestrian experiential learning and therapy, goal setting and overcoming obstacles, Self exploration and Identity, Community, self-expression and art, and Cultural awareness/sensitivity.

We will be including many other agencies and their youth populations as well.  Included in our summer program will be youth involved in La Plata Youth Services, Senate Bill 94 Pretrial Services, Probation Department, San Juan BOCES, and Durango 9-R School District.  All events and outings will be supervised by staff and volunteers from these organizations and agencies.

For more information please click to download these files:

2014 SUMMER program

Summer Calendar 2014

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