The mission of Mile High Youth Corps is to help youth make a difference in themselves and their community through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences.
Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) was founded as Year One, Inc. by Boulder County Commissioner Josie Heath in 1992. Rooted in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, Year One addressed the employment and educational needs of youth by putting them to work on projects that benefited the community. Primarily focused on conservation and neighborhood improvement, Year One gave youth the chance to earn, learn and serve in their community. In 2000, Year One changed its name to Mile High Youth Corps to better reflect its mission and goals. In 2009, the Corps merged with Colorado Legends and Legacies Youth Corps, creating an MHYC field office in Colorado Springs. During its 25+ year history, the Corps has successfully transitioned from a small, seasonal, neighborhood-based organization to a comprehensive, year-round regional agency, serving 22 counties throughout metro Denver and the Southern Front Range of Colorado. By integrating paid work experience on community projects with career exploration, education and life-skills training, the Corps helps youth participants, called Corpsmembers, succeed in the classroom, the workforce and everyday life. Through hands-on service, young adults gain the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make positive changes in their community, their own lives and the world.
Below are some of the exciting accomplishments from our 2017 programs:
• MHYC provided 204 local jobs for young adults.
• 101,537 service hours provided.
• $296,535 in AmeriCorps Scholarships
• 1 million+ kWh of electricity saved
• 5.3 Olympic sized swimming pools worth of water conserved
• 2,369 acres of land cleared
• 43 miles of trail constructed and maintained
• 74 units of affordable green housing built
• $94,635 annual taxpayer savings
"My time at Mile High Youth Corps allowed me to grow and gain real world skills that I can apply anywhere in life." MHYC Graduate, Joe L.
"Without [MHYC's] YouthBuild, I would not have finished my high school equivalency diploma, and I would have had a hard time getting school at CCD. I would still be lost" MHYC Graduate, Anastasia
"Mile High Youth Corps helped me support my family. If it wasn't for the Corps, I don't know where I would have ended up." MHYC Graduate Chris S.
"We were extremely impressed with the efficiency of the Mile High Youth Corps crews. They performed professionally and with a great attitude every day. It was a privilege to meet such a bright group of young adults." Jefferson County Conservation District, Project Sponsor
"I don't think our project could have been improved. Great work by Mile High Youth Corps!" Castlewood Canyon State Park, Project Sponsor