On any given day at MHYC HQ you will hear sentences like this: 

“Both the RC/TB and CC CLs report that the ACLCs are facilitating great EE for the SOS CMs.” 

Why all the acronyms?  Because during summer, we here in the Programs Dept. are just too busy not to abbr.  Not to worry, though; with a bit of studying you too can learn to speak like an MHYC insider.  

So w/o further ado, I present the PUAUGOCUAAMHYC (Programs Update and Unofficial Glossary of Commonly Used Acronyms at Mile High Youth Corps):



“AmeriCorps Leadership & Conservation,” referring to a Corpsmember of this type.

 The ACLCs are performing their summer leadership roles remarkably well; in addition to setting good examples on their crews, they’ve been leading stretch circle, tracking our tools, coordinating EE [see below], and taking photos.


“Conservation Crew,” often used as part of the (redundant) phrase “CC crew.”

 Our CC crews, consisting of 16 and 17 year olds, have shown awesome grit and tenacity thus far, fighting the good fight on hand and knee in ninety-degree heat, riding the Denver area of hundreds of bags of noxious weeds every week.


“Crew Leader”

 We struck gold with our Crew Leaders this year, all of whom have displayed great capability and professionalism in what I frequently call “the hardest job in the world.”



 Our SOS [see below] crews are in full swing, filling the warehouse with nearly sixty uniformed CMs each morning!


“Environmental Education”

Our ACLC Activities Coordinators have managed to develop and implement high-quality EE curricula for the CMs, and have done so—much to their credit—on top of long days and demanding production schedules.


“General Educational Development [tests]” aka “General Equivalency Diploma”

Last I heard, 12 of the YouthBuild Corpsmembers had earned their GEDs, and five had only one subject test left to go.  But those numbers have been rising so rapidly that it has probably already changed. 


“High Efficiency Toilet”

 “Can you believe that the Water crew installed 347 HETs last month?  I’m told that’s a record, and that it brings the total 2009 water savings to 8.8 million gallons annually!        


“RockClimbers” and “TrailBlazers,” our SOS crews consisting of 18-24 year olds.  These crews typically work ten hour days, four days per week.  The TrailBlazers are our chainsaw crew. 

 Our RC/TB crews started working on State Parks projects last week, in Golden Gate Canyon for the RCs and Castlewood Canyon for the TBs.  Both crews are currently working on technically demanding trail restoration projects.        


“Summer of Service,” referring to our summer land conservation program.

No blog about SOS programs would be complete without mention of the Travis Kubiak Angler Education program (see Tom’s blog on the subject here.)  We’re excited to make a visit to these folks this Friday for our Community Meeting!


Are you truly an insider?  Staff, it’s time to test yourselves.  Can you identify these MHYC acronyms? 


Any common MHYC acronyms that I’ve forgotten?  Add to the glossary yourself by leaving a comment!

-Casey Metz


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