Year One, Inc.

Triple Impact on Youth, Community and the Environment

aka Mile High Youth Corps   |   Denver, CO   |  www.milehighyouthcorps.org

Mission

The mission of the Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) is to help youth make a difference in themselves and their community through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Ms. Brigid McRaith

Main address

1801 Federal Blvd

Denver, CO 80204 USA

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EIN

84-1182631

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Providing access and opportunities to young adults at a critical stage in their lives through the vehicles of service, conservation, education and self-awareness has a triple-impact in our world. Youth develop foundational perspectives about service and difference that equip them to be meaningful contributors and leaders.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program is rooted in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and is devoted to the improvement and sustainable development of our two most important resources - our youth and our environment. Through a variety of service projects, an average of 150+ Corpsmembers annually do their part to combat climate change, respond to disasters, and promote community resiliency. Together, with project partners, MHYC delivers high quality services on over 70 land conservation projects spanning 23 Colorado counties.

Corpsmembers are assigned to a crew for 10 to 12 weeks and work on projects that include construction and maintenance of recreational and safety access trails, habitat restoration, fire fuel mitigation, historical preservation, invasive species removal and park development projects. According to partner evaluations, 77% of project work will last 5+ years and 2.1 million people are impacted by access to trails and open spaces MHYC works on annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

YouthBuild serves 100% opportunity youth – those out of school and unemployed. Corpsmembers spend half of their time either on a large-scale construction site learning technical job skills and building low-income housing units, or receiving certified nurse aide training and serving in a healthcare facility. The remaining time is spent in the classroom where Corpsmembers work toward their high school equivalency diploma. Last year, 153 units of affordable housing were built with Denver Housing Authority. YouthBuilders are eligible to earn AmeriCorps education awards of $1,250 after completing 450 hours of service.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The 12-week Summer of Service program provides opportunities for both in-school and out-of-school young adults ages 16-24 to participate in a variety of environmental conservation projects throughout the metro area. In addition to these service projects, youth participate in four hours of environmental education each week. Corpsmembers also receive assistance with applying to college, obtaining financial aide and searching for full-time jobs. Youth ages 17 and up are eligible to earn AmeriCorps education awards of $1,000 or $1,250.

Population(s) Served

Water Conservation Program Corpsmembers work on a two-person crew with a Crew Leader to install new, free, high-efficiency toilets in low-income households, non-profit facilities and faith-based institutions in partnership with Denver Water. Corpsmembers serve for 10-12 weeks and get training and experience to prepare them for “green” careers. They also receive extensive education about water conservation and earn AmeriCorps education awards of $1,000 or $1,250 after completing 300 or 450 hours of service.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2008

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) helps a new generation of leaders emerge as engaged adults with the tools they need to grapple with the complex problems facing people and the planet today.

Our work tackles the problems of inequity, unemployment, climate change, disconnected communities, education and incarceration. We disrupt what is sometimes known as a "school-to-prison pipeline." Instead, we are helping talented young adults achieve their secondary credential, and college degrees, and their life dreams.

MHYC helps youth develop the voice, skills, and education they need to be successful. They become confident contributors in their communities. Service is an essential component of their experience-it binds one to their community, to a world beyond themselves.

Mile High Youth Corps employs, educates and trains young adults ages 17-24 years old. Corpsmembers earn a wage and can pursue high school equivalency diplomas or GEDs while serving community in one of four career tracks: land conservation, energy & water conservation, construction or healthcare. Corpsmembers are eligible for AmeriCorps Education Awards during their term of service.

Historically, young people have been at the forefront of social justice movements, including the US Civil Right movement, LGBTQIA movement, feminism, environmentalism, environmental justice, labor, anti-war and immigration rights movements, among many others. Fundamentally, we believe individuals can and do make the difference.

For that reason, we have specific career pathways that give youth a variety of ways to develop through the act of meaningful service. They learn about themselves by helping others and receive the necessary wrap-around support services from staff as they grow.

Balancing the needs of high quality work with the development of technical job skills, infused with soft skills development and wraparound supports, require a comprehensive and intentional approach. Through their term of service, Corpsmembers commit to personal growth, technical skill development, and on-going learning, even as they learn to maintain housing, coordinate childcare, combat the residue of trauma or manage finances in newly experienced independence. MHYC’s case management team provides direct support to help mitigate these barriers to success. The Case Manager: Resources maintains a network of established partnerships to address health care, housing resources, and childcare. Contracted counselors, provided through partnerships with Sheridan Health Services and Mental Health Center of Denver’s Emerson Street, give Corpsmembers onsite access to mental health services. Life skills classes teach Corpsmembers how to manage finances, maintain healthy lifestyles and relationships and plan for the future. MHYC also maintains a food bank onsite to ensure direct access to food as needed and provides bus passes to Corpsmembers monthly.

To address youth’s limited work experience, MHYC’s Career Readiness Training focuses specifically on soft skills development, including punctuality/attendance, problem solving, cognitive skills, communication, work ethic, team work, accountability and interpersonal skills. In addition, programming is structured to simulate the workplace, providing Corpsmembers an opportunity to test these skills and receive ongoing feedback and coaching. MHYC’s Program Coordinator: College and Careers, oversees the career and post-secondary readiness training, placing deliberate focus on supporting Corpsmember transition, placement, and retention. Recognizing the critical importance of post-secondary education for career advancement, MHYC’s Case Manager: College and Transitions supports Corpsmembers as they explore educational options and navigate the application and financial aid process. One-year follow-up services provide Corpsmembers with post-program support in job searches, continuing education and overcoming barriers.

In addition to the personal impact our work has, MHYC has deeply impacted the communities and citizens of Colorado since 1992 through an outcome-driven program model:

*3,900 Corpsmembers served, providing $4.1 million in AmeriCorps scholarships, and delivered 2.1 million hours of service.
*Corpsmembers have build or maintained more than 250 miles of trail, helped build over 1000 affordable housing units, and retrofit 45,000 income qualifying homes for energy and water saving measures.
*Through energy and water saving measures over 475 million gallons of water have been saved and over 35,000,000 of lifetime kWH savings have been generated.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Year One, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kyle Henderson

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.