Youth Expo

MYAC JIVE Fair Youth Expo flyer

The City of Durango’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, in partnership with Durango School District 9-R, is proud to offer the eighth annual 9-R J.I.V.E. Fair, formerly the Youth Expo, on Monday, May 6th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Avenue.  The 9-R J.I.V.E. Fair (Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Experiences) is an all-in-one forum that allows teenagers to satisfy Durango 9-R’s graduation requirements for work experience, to apply for jobs, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

We are presently recruiting local businesses and organizations to participate, and businesses can register for booth space, free of charge. To reserve space, please contact us by emailing the Youth Advisory Commission or call Ben Florine at 970-375-5013.

The Youth Expo focuses on events and opportunities that fall into one of the categories listed below.

Job Opportunities

Many high school students look for jobs in the summer while school is out. If your business falls under this category, you will be able to market your business to teens and solicit applications for summer positions that you are looking to fill. By providing teens with job opportunities, they can expand their resume and experience in order to help with college & other future plans.


In Durango, there are several options related to education, but many people don't know about them, or how each one differs. At the Expo, the teens will be able to compare these options to determine which will be the best fit for their individual learning style and social needs. In this section, you as a vendor will be able to market your school to a wide range of students. We will also showcase institutions of higher learning.

Internships and Volunteering - Non-Profits and Other Organizations

There are many reasons why a student may want to volunteer or intern for your organization or business. There are many self-motivated and passionate teenagers looking for opportunities to make a difference. Also, in order to graduate from high school, students are asked to complete at least 20 hours of community service or volunteering. Many students wish to learn more about career options or further their career goals by volunteering or interning in a field that interests them. As a business or organization, you will meet motivated individuals with fresh ideas and enthusiasm that are ready to work.


As a vendor, you will be able to make your resource be more visible and accessible to the community that you are serving. By providing teens with your contact information and what you offer, they will have the information readily available should they ever need your assistance. If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing the Youth Advisory Committee or call Ben Florine at 970-375-5013.