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!


Year-Long Service Learning Mentors

Looking for meaningful community involvement? Become a Year-Long Mentor.

1 in 4 teens believe that adults don’t care about them, we need your help to show youth that isn’t true. We want you to be the positive influence youth need by spending time with them during scheduled pro-social activities throughout the year. Encourage the formation of skills and values while building on your existing skills with training’s offered on Motivational Interviewing and Suicide Prevention.

Share you wisdom with the next generation.


LPYS is seeking capable volunteers to tutor in math, science, and english/writing. If you enjoy working with youth to improve their academic standing, please contact the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator-samantha@lpys.org.

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.

 La Plata Backyard Adventures Summer Program

The La Plata Backyard Adventures Summer Program (LPBA) is a collaborative between three La Plata County youth-serving agencies; La Plata Youth Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and SOS Outreach. The purpose of LPBA is to keep youth engaged during the summer months.

The structure of the program is to provide workshops that build skills and knowledge about a particular subject, followed by service projects that exercises the skills learned. The summer program provides interactive and meaningful workshops and activities that encourage reflection and understanding to promote positive community connections.

The program starts in the beginning of June and continues through mid-August with an End of Summer BBQ at the end of August!

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!

Volunteer Application Packet

If you’re interested, please contact:

Samantha Gibson

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