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!


Volunteer Tutoring

 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 their hardest 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 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 UPS events.

 Support Advocate

  • Some of our clients could use a one-on-one mentor and 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 amounts of time commitment as well as responsibility for the student.
  • There will be more intensive one on one interaction with the youth.

 Restorative Justice – Community Members/Facilitators

  • “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.

 Parenting Class – Childcare

  • LPYS has teamed up with Liza Tregillus who is teaching a Parenting Class.
  • Volunteer child care providers are needed during the parenting classes.

 Bullying Awareness Group Adult Ally

  • Help a group of dedicated students to bring awareness to their peers about the impacts of bullying.
  • Help facilitate presentations and discussions on bullying.

To apply, please download this Application to be filled out and mailed to 2301 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301, or emailed to Dillon@lpys.org.

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