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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.