Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) was founded as Year One, Inc. by 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 of Colorado Springs, which had been established in 2005. This merger created an MHYC regional office in Colorado Springs and expanded service opportunities to seven additional counties in the Southern Front Range.
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 15 counties throughout Metropolitan Denver and the Southern Front Range. MHYC programs are nationally recognized while meeting continued local needs. From recent fires; floods mitigation and restoration efforts to building affordable housing units to lowering water and energy usage in over 20,000 homes, MHYC matches the talents and skills of local youth with the needs of our community.