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.



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

Would you like to become a part of the restorative justice movement?  LPYS facilitates Restorative Justice Circles with trained mediators and community volunteers like you, who represent themselves and community values.  If interested, contact Dillon, dillon@lpys.org

Would you like to volunteer as a Survey Researcher?  Volunteers will receive specialized training at no cost to you and become a part of a team conducting research in the schools in 2019.  Contact, dillon@lpys.org

Service Learning Mentors (8 months)

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.

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.” mentoring.org/whymentoring/mentoring-impact/       

Take a look at youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=1t0_D7UcfgU

The Radical Possibilities Mentoring program can 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. 

If interested in an internship with Radical Possibilities Mentoring program for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year,  contact Miranda, 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, tyrell@lpys.org

 La Plata Youth Services Summer Program

The summer program provides interactive and meaningful workshops and activities to build skills and knowledge, along with 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!

If you want to become a volunteer or you have a skill/knowledge of an outdoor activity or other workshop idea for youth, contact Kyle,  kyle@lpys.com

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!