Volunteering with La Plata Youth Services offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your community by positively affecting the lives of at-risk youth. We are a small organization, which allows us to be flexible with each individual that walks through our doors. If you have an interest, we have a place for you!
VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
La Plata Youth Services motivates students in La Plata County and surrounding schools to assist in achieving their academic potential. Each student will receive one-on-one instruction in each of their academic subjects.
- Our program is aimed at helping students fully comprehend the things they learn.
- We provide the tools to help each student learn helpful study skills and test taking strategies while fostering a healthy academic routine.
- Volunteers will be supported, coordinated and scheduled by the Community Outreach Coordinator
Useful Public Service:
- La Plata Youth Services often works with youth who need to do some Useful Public Service out in the community as part of their contract with LPYS.
- Many UPS opportunities require that the youth involved bring adult supervision. Volunteers can chaperone youth to Useful Public Service (UPS) events.
- Some of our clients could use a one-on-one mentor/support advocate because they do not meet the requirements for other programs in the county.
- This would be the most intense volunteer position at LPYS and require the most time commitment as well as responsibility for the student.
- “Restorative Justice is a process whereby the parties with a stake in the particular offense come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offense and its implications for the future” – Tony Marshall, Advocate, restorativejustice.org
- LPYS facilitates Restorative Justice Circles with our trained mediators and volunteers to our youth and community organizations who are willing to participate as a part of their reconciliation as victim and offender.
- Volunteers may be trained as a facilitator or sit in on RJ circles as a volunteer community member.
- LPYS has teamed up with Liza Tregillus who is teaching a Parenting Class.
- Volunteers are needed for childcare during the parenting classes.
Bullying Awareness Group:
Facilitators and Participants
- Sit in on Bullying Awareness Group (BAG) discussions with youth in a restorative justice setting
- Help facilitate discussions on bullying issues in the community
- Bring awareness about harm caused through bullying
- Learn about Restorative Justice philosophy and practice
- Simply be supportive community member lending your thoughts and suggestions to the group
Volunteers are integral to the functioning of non-profit organizations (according to United Way estimates, volunteers in Colorado are valued at more than $20 an hour!). WE GREATLY APPRECIATE AND VALUE ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!
If you’re interested, please contact:
Dillon Walls, Community Outreach Coordinator
(970) 385-4440 Ex: 22
Cell phone: 970-946-1433