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!


Volunteer Tutoring

 La Plata Youth Services motivates students in La Plata County and surrounding schools to assist in achieving their academic potential. Each student will receive one-on-one instruction in their hardest academic subjects.

  • Our program is aimed at helping students fully comprehend the things they learn.
  • We provide the tools to help each student learn helpful study skills and test taking strategies while fostering a healthy academic routine.
  • Volunteers tutor youth on familiar subjects; no volunteer will be asked to tutor in any subject with which they do not feel comfortable tutoring.
  • Volunteers will be supported, coordinated and scheduled by the Community Outreach Coordinator

 Useful Public Service Supervision

  • Volunteers chaperon youth to useful public service events.
  • Volunteer chaperons will help youth make connections during their experience as to why the service is beneficial to the community.
  • Volunteer chaperons engage with youth in a positive way.
  • Volunteers focus on positive, rather than negative, aspects of youth and emphasize mindfulness and respect for each other and the community.


 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 our trained mediators and volunteers to our youth and community organizations who are willing to participate as a part of their reconciliation as victim and offender.
  • Volunteers may be trained as a facilitator or sit in on RJ circles as a volunteer community member.

 Parenting Class – Childcare

  • LPYS has teamed up with Liza Tregillus who is teaching a Parenting Class.
  • Volunteer child care providers are needed during the parenting classes.
  • Parenting classes and workshops are usually held on Thursdays (Times vary).

 Bullying Awareness Group Adult Ally (Coming Soon)

  • Help a group of dedicated students bring awareness to their peers about the impacts of bullying and strategies to reduce prejudice, bullying, and stigma.
  • Help facilitate presentations and discussions on bullying.
  • Volunteer will allow youth to run the presentation and encourage youth to speak out and empower themselves.

To apply, please download this Application to be filled out and mailed to 2301 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301, or emailed to Dillon@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!). WE GREATLY APPRECIATE AND VALUE ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!

If you’re interested, please contact:

Dillon Walls,

Community Outreach Coordinator
(970) 385-4440 Ex: 22