FAQs

Communication between your agency and MHYC is key to ensuring a successful project. Critical issues to discuss in advance include:

  • Scheduling details:  Dates, times, breaks, education time, etc.
  • Tools and supplies:  Make sure everything is there and ready to go when the crew arrives.
  • Safety issues:  Safety is MHYC’s number one concern on any project. Make sure to discuss any potential safety issues during the pre-project site visit.
  • Clear expectations: Be specific about all expectations you have for the project. Make sure the Crew Leader understands the project specifications or important details. Give feedback in time for them to correct mistakes.

For the 2014 land conservation project season, MHYC will be operating seasonal crews from late May through early August and from mid-August through early November. The priority scheduling deadline for summer crews is March 15, 2014. The priority scheduling date for fall crews is July 1, 2013. Seasonal crew schedules may vary depending on the project but are typically Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. including transportation time.

  • All MHYC staff and participants are covered under workmen’s compensation and liability insurance through Mile High Youth Corps.
  • Crews pack their lunches and water at MHYC before leaving for the project site. Camping crews stock food for their spikes prior to arriving at the project site.
  • Day crews meet at a Corps facility at 7:30 am each morning. Crew Leaders transport the entire crew to project sites in MHYC vans.
  • Camping crews meet at an MHYC facility at the beginning of their spike. Crew Leaders transport the entire crew to project sites in MHYC vans.

MHYC treats every project as a partnership and will work closely with you to ensure a positive experience for everyone. Your primary responsibilities include: providing a safe working environment for the crew, preparing an appropriate amount of meaningful work for the crew to complete, providing Crew Leaders with clear expectations and directions for the project and supplying all materials and supplies needed for the project (MHYC crews are equipped with most basic tools necessary to complete project work). Staff will work with you in advance to make sure that the proper equipment is available for your project. MHYC integrates educational activities into all aspects of the Corps. The Crew Leader may ask you for suggestions on appropriate educational topics related to your project. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Nationwide, youth corps are considered among the top for youth employment. At the Corps, it’s no different. MHYC Corpsmembers are held to high standards for discipline, attendance and work performance. The adult Crew Leaders work closely with project sponsors to ensure that work is progressing on time and completed to the sponsor’s satisfaction. In addition, MHYC’s program meets all accreditation standards for the Colorado Youth Corps Association and the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. MHYC crews are known for their quality work, consistently earning above average ratings on sponsor evaluations.

MHYC serves 22 counties in the Metro Denver and the Southern Front Range regions of Colorado. The counties served include: Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Broomfield, Crowley, Custer, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Gilpin, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Teller.

Yes. MHYC is an AmeriCorps grantee. Youth, over the age of 16,  who serve in the Corps are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of a full term of service in one of our programs. The AmeriCorps education award can be used at any accredited educational institution. 

Every job at MHYC helps the environment. We conserve our natural resources by installing high-efficiency toilets, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and programmable thermostats; construct LEED certified low-income public housing; and preserve public lands.   

There are many ways to help MHYC! Check out our Get Involved pages for more details.

MHYC was founded in 1992 to address the employment and educational needs of youth by putting them to work on projects that benefit the community. Founded as Year One, Inc. by then Boulder County Commissioner, Josie Heath, the Corps was established to provide opportunities for youth to connect to their community and to the outdoors. The Corps is rooted in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s with a strong focus on community service and conservation. That first year, 20 youth served Denver neighborhoods through a single 10-week program.

Today, Mile High Youth Corps is a comprehensive, year-round model serving 22 Colorado counties. Founded as a Land Conservation Corps, MHYC added the YouthBuild program in 2003, followed by the Energy & Water Conservation program in 2006. In 2009, MHYC expanded into the Southern Front Range, broadening the reach of the organization’s work. Every year, Mile High Youth Corps programs provide 200 youth, ages 16-24, with the tools and resources they need to successfully transition into adulthood, earn AmeriCorps education awards, and secure jobs and/or pursue post-secondary education through combining best practices in the field of positive youth development, service learning and career pathways.

MHYC corpsmembers are diverse local youth ages 16-24 years old. Corpsmembers reflect the communities where MHYC serves. Their breadth of economic, racial and educational diversity is intentional and serves as a testament to the way MHYC lives out its values, creating daily opportunities for young adults to work side by side with diverse peers, tackling the challenging environmental and social issues facing communities today.

MHYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is funded by diverse sources including: government grants, foundation grants, fee-for-service contracts, and individual donations. Every gift to MHYC is tax-deductible.