La Plata Youth Services is proud to announce our fundraising event Unchain My HEART: a multi-media youth art exhibit and silent auction. We will be holding this event on February 13th at Open Shutter Gallery. All submissions by youth artists are due on January 8th. Digital photo copies of the art must be submitted by December 19th. All participating artists must submit an entry form.
Entries are limited to three works per person. All youth may price their artwork how they wish, and will receive all the proceeds from the sale of their artwork. Fundraising for La Plata Youth Services will be primarily based on proceeds from our silent auction. Youth may donate art to LPYS, but are not required to donate their art nor the proceeds from the sale of that artwork.
Until then, we are hosting a workshop on December 13th to help youth create some works of art. This workshop will be at the Durango Arts Center from 1-3. We will have an art instructor/art therapist to assist youth in the creative process.
Please download these documents if you or someone you know is interested in participating:
Calling all interested youth artists bgflyr
Open Shutter_young artist form_Exhibit Entry Form_FINAL
Workshop dec13 flyer
If you have questions about the process, please contact Katy@lpys.org or call (970)385-4440.
If you would like to volunteer time to help with the planning and during the event please contact Dillon@lpys.org or call (970)385-4440.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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).
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