Mile High Youth Corps Saves Customers Water, Energy and Money

For more than 22 years, Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) has been helping our youth improve themselves while improving their communities. MHYC’s Energy & Water Conservation programs prepare youth ages 18-24 to join the workforce.  Corpsmembers learn valuable vocational skills while going out in to the community to help low-income households and nonprofit organizations use water and energy more efficiently.  Working in small crews, Corpsmembers install low-flow shower heads, high-efficiency toilets, compact fluorescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats as they educate residents and community members on the environmental and financial benefits of conservation.

Mile High Youth Corps’ water conservation efforts are possible due in part to partnerships with Denver Water and Aurora Water. Through these partnerships, qualifying customers can replace up to two toilets, two showerheads and three faucet aerators with water-saving versions. These devices save water and money for the customers who need them the most. Since 2007, MHYC youth have installed over 15,000 high-efficiency toilets and 17,500 low-flow shower heads free of charge.

In 2013, Mile High Youth Corps conducted energy and water retrofits in 4,498 low-income homes throughout the Denver Metro area. The retrofitted households will conserve 53,148,695 gallons of water each year; the equivalent of 82 Olympic size swimming pools. And, through MHYC’s efforts in 2013 alone, clients will save nearly $500,000 over the life cycle of the products installed.

Communities across the world have shown interest in replicating Mile High Youth Corps’ energy and water conservation models. In 2009 and 2010, MHYC received a national Project of the Year award from The Corps Network for these innovative efforts. Our programs offer comprehensive Career & College Readiness Training, allowing young people to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Graduates can also earn an AmeriCorps Education Award for post- secondary education expenses. Recruitment for spring crews is currently underway.  Visit www.milehighyouthcorps.org to apply.

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