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 provides students in La Plata County with volunteer and professional tutors to assist in achieving their academic potential. Each student will receive one-on-one instruction in each of their most difficult academic subjects. We need your volunteer support!

  • 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
  • Commit to 1-2 hours per week during school year. Occasional summer service may also be requested.


Useful Public Service, Experiential Education, Summer Program


  • La Plata Youth Services often works with youth who need to do some Useful Public Service (UPS) out in the community as a condition of their contract with LPYS.
  • Many UPS opportunities require that the youth involved bring adult supervision. Volunteers can chaperon youth to UPS events.
  • Additional chaperons will be required for experiential education outings and other summer events and activities, including events put on by other partner organizations.


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 trained mediators and volunteers.
  • Volunteers may be trained as a facilitator or sit in on RJ circles as a volunteer community member which requires no training, but a willingness to represent themselves and community values.


Parenting Class – Childcare

  • LPYS has teamed up with Liza Tregillus, play therapist and parent coach, who is teaching parenting classes for parents of clients and other parents in the community seeking assistance.
  • Volunteer child care providers are occasionally needed during the parenting classes.

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:

Samantha Gibson

Program and Outreach Coordinator
(970) 385-4440 Ex: 22