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, please call our office at (970) 385-4440 or email info@lpys.org.




AmeriCorps VISTA Position- Volunteer with stipend. Click here for more information!

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, please contact Dillon at  dillon@lpys.org.

Program Evaluation Data Collection Support

Would you like to volunteer to collect observational data informing LPYS and school partners on professional development needs and overall school climate?  Volunteers will receive training at no cost to you and become a part of a team conducting observations in Durango 9-R Schools.  If interested, please contact Dillon at dillon@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 our Summer Program Coordinator, Marie, at (970) 385-4440, ext. 112 or summerprogram@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!