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!

For more information, contact: Kyle Tijerina, Program Associate at (970) 385-4440, ext. 112, or kyle@lpys.org.

Full Volunteer Application Packet


Service Learning Mentors (8 months)

Want to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community? Need a service-learning opportunity? Become a mentor with the Radical Possibilities Mentoring Program.

Less than half of the youth in La Plata County feel they are valued by the community.  We need your help in showing our youth that this isn’t true. Designed to fulfill internship requirements for both undergraduate and graduate students, let this powerful program transform your life personally and professionally and create life-long positive change for at-risk youth in our community.   

Why Mentor?

“Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.”

From https://www.mentoring.org/whymentoring/mentoring-impact/


For more information, contact Miranda (970) 385-4440 ext 110 miranda@lpys.org

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and the application (HERE) to La Plata Youth Services 2490 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-1726 fax, or miranda@lpys.org          


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-tyrell@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 Youth Services Summer Program

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!