Volunteer Opportunities

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!



Homework Club

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.

 Support Advocates

  • 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:

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:


  • 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:

Dillon Walls,

Community Outreach Coordinator
(970) 385-4440 Ex: 22

Cell phone: 970-946-1433