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!

CHECK IT OUT!

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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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Youth Facing Health Challenges

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The Peer Mentors Project is a youth leadership initiative.  Local youth who live with a variety of challenging health conditions serve as mentors to others with a similar diagnosis and offer community education.  Their goal is to decrease stigma and raise awareness and support for individuals living with diabetes, epilepsy, hearing loss, ADHD, autism, cancer, organ transplant, Tourettes, learning differences, depression/anxiety, or traumatic brain injury/concussion. Funding for the project this year is from the La Plata Electric Round Up Education fund.  On May 16th, 2014 the youth will offer their second exhibit on some of these topics at the Powerhouse Science Museum (formerly the Durango Discovery Museum) from 10:30 to 1:30.  For more information contact Coordinator Liza Tregillus, (970)749-9607.

 

 

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Drop-in Basketball

Headed by our volunteer advocate, Halan, this Drop-in session is held on weekends at Neeham Elementary School lower courts.  For more information on how to get involved and times please call 970-385-4440 x22.

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Parenting Class

Calm Parenting is facilitated by Liza Tregillus, Play Therapist and Parenting Coach. For the next class on February 20th please view this flyer: Calm Parenting 9R final elmentary (2).

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Rural Philanthropy Days

Rural Philanthropy Days is a three day event starting Wednesday June 11th through Friday June 13th in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  This event has been primarily utilized by non-profits and philanthropic interests to increase fundraising capacity and skills building, however this year there will be a Youth Track.

Youth may participate in this event to gain certain fundraising skills and find out about career paths in the non-profit sector. Another component will be learning about philanthropy, and how to navigate funding and grants. The youth track will only be on Thursday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Learn more HERE

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BJS Releases 2011 School Crime and Safety Report

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2011,” a report that provides data on crime and safety at school from the perspective of students, teachers, and principals. It also provides crime and safety information for students’ travel to and from school.

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