GREEN WORKS IN KANSAS CITY

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 4334 McGee St % Katherine K Corwin Kansas City MO 64111 USA

Mission: Our mission is Environmental Education and Workforce Development for Urban Youth We educate urban high school students about the environment, involve them in service projects that improve their community, prepare them for post-secondary education and the workforce and connect them to opportunities in the growing green economy. We also work with individual citizens, families, neighborhoods and organizations through informal science education to increase community awareness and support of environmental education and workforce priorities, and inspire environmental stewardship and respect.
Results: - We have taught 140 urban high school students about Kansas City’s most serious environmental issues. - We have funded nearly 8,000 hours of paid summer internships for our students. - Our students and volunteers have planted 5 native plant beds, 50 trees and more than 4,000 native shrubs and plants in urban neighborhoods and along Brush Creek. And through our programming our students' science literacy scores have increased, they have changed their behaviors towards the environment, they have increased their social capital networks and 100% have graduated from high school.
Target demographics: urban high school students connect to a green economy
Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 students
Geographic areas served: Kansas City's urban neighborhoods
Programs: environmental education, workforce development and community engagement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate Green Works because it's engaging students in science curriculum that is relevant to their lives. They are grappling with sustainability issues now as teens which will lay the foundation with how they grapple with these very real issues as adult voters and community members. Green Works is equipping young people to see complexity and thoughtfully consider one's impact and role in the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way to involve more students, more schools, more businesses. The students benefit tremendously from field trips and internships.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of Greenworks KC for a number of years and have been very impressed by the ability of the organization to engage urban youth. Not only is Greenworks KC successful in involving students in service projects which improve the quality of the environment in and around Kansas City, the organization also provides them with opportunities to attend planning meetings and other events where the students advocate for their community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the privilege of meeting several students who have participated in the programs at Green Works. I was so impressed by their passion to improve the environment and educate their communities. They were truly inspiring and reflect the passion and commitment of founder, Kate Corwin. Green Works makes a huge difference in the lives of so many in our community and I am proud to be a supporter.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Green Works in Kansas City is a terrific program that educates youth in the urban core around green practice and awareness. I have supported the program due to its meangingful vision and practical approach to education, training and job placement in the green industry. Focusing on the urban core is key to developing environmental practice in the Kansas City metro. Seeing youth progress through job training and placement is a great joy. I am happy to support Green Works In Kansas City!

Diane Patrick
kansas City Missouri

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are not changes, the ED and board continue to improve the program through their programmatic implementation and learning.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Participating in Green Works in Kansas City is satisfying in a variety of ways, because our efforts (and Kate Corwin's amazing vision) has a ripple effect through the community. With Green Works Kansas City we have a holistic approach to not only learning, but to the environment, the economy, city government, the community, the nation and the planet. Students learn how these forces are all innerrelated, how one effects the other, etc. This is an education that some wait a lifetime for and these kids are getting it in highschool. Despite the challenges these kids face, the information is getting in their heads, and it will remain there and they can teach others as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have internal marketing staff - someone who could be promoting the program at all times, and raising awareness while requestng funding and researching funding options.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Green Works KC delivers significant results across a broad spectrum of areas important to me: environmental awareness in our urban youth community, job skills, indeed life skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. The long term benefits to both the students and our community cannot be overstated.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I personally know of no other KC area based non-profits as committed to their programs as Green Works. I would attribute this to the passion of the Founder of Green Works (Kate Corwin) whose inspired leadership and creative vision have changed the lives of many Kansas City students. Kate's continued active involvement allow Green Works to respond to issues which present challenges to funding and programming with an entrepreneur’s passion.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Green Works in Kansas City for several years now. I am always impressed by the student interaction and the knowledge the students gain from the cirriculum. They then pass the information they recieve onto the family and neighbors. I have been very encouraged by neighbor programs started by Green Works in Kansas City students.
They are very frugal with their money and resourceful about how they come up with items needed for the students. I work with several 501c3 organizations through my role on the Harley-Davdison Foundation and chose to work closely with Green Works in Kansas City becuase of the great impact they have to our local society. This could not be done without the hard work and determination of Kate Corwin. I would strongly recomend this organization for anybody that wants to make their charitable dollars stretch.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

During the past six summers through a partnership with Green Works in Kansas City, I've worked with teen interns. These young adults care for our community and are making a difference as they learn about and then take action to improve our natural urban environment. Green Works is vital, working with the next generation, providing opportunities for students to gain a larger perspective of human impact within our city, then give back and make our neighborhoods the best place for all.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Green Works in Kansas City inspires me! The organization excels at maximizing financial resources to benefit our urban youth and community. And the return on investment in this group is astounding. While it may be difficult to measure in dollars, it's real value trickles through every fiber of the community. Green Works provides: hands-on, relevant job skills to teens and then helps them find jobs, community outreach that strengthens families and the communities they live in, as well as providing outreach that tangibly helps our environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to help them grow and expand the program.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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