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. LPYS serves youth in Durango, Bayfield, and Ignacio, as well as surrounding rural areas in La Plata County. We are a small organization, which allows us to be flexible with each individual that walks through our doors. If you have an interest or prior experience working with youth or youth “at-risk”, we may have a place for you!
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 tutoring 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.
- Volunteer tutors may only tutor in subjects they feel comfortable with
- Volunteers will be supported, coordinated and scheduled by the Community Outreach Coordinator
Useful Public Service Supervision
- 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.
- You would be committed to mentoring/advocating one or two youth who have academic troubles such as truancy/chronic absenteeism
- “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 to provide childcare during the parenting classes.
- Must be comfortable caring for small children for a period of no longer than 2 hours.
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 a 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:
Community Outreach Coordinator
(970) 385-4440 Ex: 22
Cell phone: 970-946-1433