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.