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!


Community Service Learning, 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.

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

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