Mile High Youth Corps Welcomes New CEO as it Celebrates 25 Years of Building Futures
Nationally Recognized Nonprofit Continues to Deliver Strong Outcomes
DENVER – January 25, 2017 – Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC), one of Denver’s most long-standing youth and workforce nonprofits has spent the last 25 years building futures, and plans to celebrate all year long with inspiring stories, big news from the organization’s past, present and future, and a celebration and fundraising event in October.
This month, MHYC celebrates the future. The organization recently announced its new CEO, Brigid McRaith. She has a 10 year history with MHYC, most recently serving as Regional Director: Metro Denver, a role in which she oversaw all Denver area programming, including Land Conservation, Energy & Water Conservation, YouthBuild and Land Conservation Leaders.
In her previous positions at MHYC, McRaith achieved nationally recognized outcomes, including 90 percent program retention rates and 88 percent college and employment achievement rates for participating youth. During this time she has also developed key strategic public and private partnerships, all while growing MHYC’s important fee-for-service programs.
“Over the next six months, we will complete a strategic planning process to set the course of the organization and program direction for the next three – five years,” McRaith said.
“Brigid is an exemplary leader with a track record of success within the organization and the community at large. MHYC has grown significantly under her regional leadership through her ability to develop thriving teams and programs. The board was thrilled to appoint her as CEO because she brings a depth of expertise, support from Corpsmembers and staff, and is trusted in the community. She is committed to building on the success of the organization and has a strong vision for how it can be further strengthened in the coming years. Her institutional knowledge has given the staff and Corpsmembers a very seamless transition within the organization,” said Tom Chamberlin, MHYC Board Chair.
MHYC Makes an Impact on its Corpsmembers and in the Community
“After years of gang life, I started to realize that my life was going in circles. I needed a change; well actually I needed to change. That’s when I found Mile High Youth Corps’ YouthBuild program. I actually cared about school for the very first time. I realized that school was important and was going to take me somewhere in life,” said Juan, a recent graduate of MHYC. “After I get my GED certificate, I will go to college with my AmeriCorps scholarship for construction management. I love everything about construction, and I found something that I am good at. I’ve worked really hard to be here, and I am thankful for being able to change my life and make something out of nothing.”
Mile High Youth Corps is nationally recognized for its exceptional outcomes. Since 1992, MHYC has built and maintained hundreds of miles of public trails, saved millions of gallons of water through the installation of high efficiency toilets in metro Denver low income homes, helped build more than 1,000 affordable homes, and saved local families thousands of dollars on their energy bills through low-income home energy retrofits. More than 2,000 youth, ages 16-24, have participated over the years, with more than 150 having secured GEDs and high school diplomas, and 88 percent gone on to secure full time employment and college degrees. MHYC has also awarded nearly $2 million in AmeriCorps education awards.
Corpsmembers receive a stipend, hands-on work experience, education, and intensive leadership development training. All Corpsmembers are awarded an AmeriCorps scholarship upon successful completion of service terms ranging from 12-48 weeks.
To learn more about Mile High Youth Corps, visit us online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org.
About Mile High Youth Corps
Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1992 to give youth ages 16 to 24 a chance to earn an income and learn hands-on job skills while serving in their communities. In its first year, 20 youth served Denver neighborhoods through a single 10-week program. Today, MHYC engages more than 200 youth (called Corpsmembers) every year through several comprehensive programs that integrate paid work experience on community service projects with leadership development, career and college exploration, and education. During our 25 year history, Mile High Youth Corps has grown from a small, seasonal, neighborhood-based organization to a comprehensive, year-round, regional program serving 15 counties from two regional offices in Metro Denver and the Southern Front Range of Colorado. Our mission is to help youth make a difference in themselves and their community through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences.