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Mile High Youth Corps

Empowering the Next Generations

Mile High Youth Corps unites youth with community to benefit all

Mile High Youth Corps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that gives 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 over 200 youth (called Corpsmembers) every year through several comprehensive programs that integrate paid work experience on community service projects with leadership development, career exploration and education. During its twenty-two 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, Metro Denver and the Southern Front Range. Their mission is to help youth make a difference in themselves and their community through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences.

Straight to the Top

Kelly Causey leads Mile High Youth to a new altitude of community service

Serving the community is a family legacy for Kelly Causey. She learned from her parents and grandparents the importance of volunteerism and the civic responsibility to help others. Those powerful role models led Kelly to a life through which she could positively affect people young and old. Kelly took those lessons to fortify her own foundation for giving back. She’s a rock - innovative, reliable, and charitable. She brings real solutions and stands strong in the face of adversity, always giving back in the end.


Kelly has worked with youth development agencies for 24 years. Kelly used her undergraduate degree in psychology in her role as a residential treatment counselor before working with the Mile High Youth Corps in 1992. She was one of its first crew leaders and served in various capacities for two years before  working for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). She served as an Assistant Regional Project & Training Director for four and a half years before coming back to MHYC to lead the agency. Kelly earned a Master's degree in Sociology and her Ph.D. in Health & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver. She has three publications and the focus of her dissertation was employability barriers facing high-risk youth.


Social justice and equality are values that Kelly holds dear. You can see her passion evidenced in her commitment to cultivating a society that works together to solve problems, and that holds all people close to help guide them toward opportunity. She believes in the democracy of helping each other. Of many there is one. For one problem, one troubled life, one deficit in a community, there are many solutions and by joining together, many great service-minded folks can make an incredible positive impact.


We are all participants in the places we live. Our neighborhoods are ours to enrich. Our cities are ours to celebrate and grow responsibly. And our next generations are ours to guide, mentor and empower. Kelly Causey sees a bright future for the community through positive youth development. She believes in the next generation. She’s there. She’s a steady, focused force for community service. She’s rooting for youth and teaching them. She’s passing that family legacy of service down through a multitude of channels. And she’ll always be one of the first to lend a hand when there’s work to be done.