A Letter
From Our CEO

We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share more about MHYC’s 2019 impact through an online annual report this year. Given the impacts of COVID-19, we have redirected the printing resources towards much needed support of our programs. Below you will find a small sample of Mile High Youth Corps’ impact in 2019. We are deeply proud of the 199 Corpsmembers we served last year and of the tremendous impact they had on the community and environment across our 23 county service area in Colorado.



Career Pathways

Energy & Water Conservation: Francis Heights Multi-Family Project

The Francis Heights multi-family project was completed by nine Corpsmembers in the Energy & Water Conservation program over the course of six days. Francis Heights is a senior living facility that serves primarily low-income residents. Each apartment was retrofitted with LED lighting and low-flow showerheads and sink aerators leading to 2,329,722 gallons of water saved annually. Clients surveyed after the project identified the most helpful fixture installed were the handheld showerheads that allowed many of the residents to take more comfortable showers with increased mobility.

“Francis Heights highlights the impact that MHYC’s Energy& Water Conservation Program has not only through the installation of energy-efficient fixtures but also through improving the quality of life for our clients.”-Rob H., Energy & Water Corpsmember

Land Conservation: Devil’s Playground All-Female Identifying Crew

The 2019 Summer of Service saw its first all-female identifying crew out of the Southern Front Range location. The Quandary crew, a group of 10 strong women, was the only MHYC crew to camp for 9 days at a time. Quandary camped and worked side by side with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) to begin the massive re-routing project of the Devil’s Playground Trail on Pikes Peak.

Over the course of three months, Quandary and RMFI successfully constructed approximately 1,500 feet of new trail and removed over 6 tons of rock!  Corpsmembers completed essential tasks such as clearing corridor with chainsaws, solidifying the tread bench by digging and building log structures, and moving rocks and spreading debris.

“The people of Mile High Youth Corps have reignited my passion for learning; I’ve heard so many viewpoints, heard of so many experiences beyond my own bubble. The people of Mile High Youth Corps have shared so much with me, their time, patience, compassion, or advice. Involving myself in the natural resources industry, even temporarily, has been an amazing experience.”-Kat N., Land Conservation Corpsmember

YouthBuild Health & Wellness at Bessie’s Hope

Eleven Corpsmembers participated in the YouthBuild Health & Wellness program in 2019 and earned their Certificate in Nurse Aide through a partnership with the Community College of Denver.  The Health & Wellness program includes service in the community to help bolster classroom skills and provide hands-on experience in the field.  Corpsmembers worked with our partners at Bessie’s Hope in planning stimulating activities for the residents, including activities that support cognitive function and emotional connection for residents in elder care facilities. The crew planned and facilitated weekly activities and was able to complete 851 visits with seniors.

“This program and overall experience has been challenging, humbling, and life changing. All the things we have been able to participate in have truly made me a better person. I feel my life’s journey has been redirected in a very positive way.” Sierra W., Health & Wellness Corpsmember

In Action

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