Green Works in Kansas City

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews


4334 McGee St Kansas City MO 64111 USA


Our mission is Environmental Education and Workforce Development for Urban Youth. We believe that when we change the future of our urban youth, we change the future of our community. 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.


- We have taught 160 urban high school students about Kansas City’s most serious environmental issues. - We have funded nearly 10,000 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 scores have increased, they have changed their behaviors towards the environment, they have increased their social networks and 100% have graduated from high school. Many of our graduates are currently in college and four of our graduates secured employment at their former internship sites.

Target demographics:

urban high school students connect to a green economy

Direct beneficiaries per year:

60 students

Geographic areas served:

Kansas City's urban neighborhoods


environmental education, workforce development and community engagement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Kate Corwin, Founder and President has done an outstanding job of bringing her business expertise and entrepreneurial vision to Green Works. Green Works has grown and thrived in a very difficult economic period through Kate's leadership, partner/funder development, and her consistent physical energy and presence. Green Works has done a terrific service to the Kansas City community by being an integral part in turning around the lives of some of Kansas City's most "at risk" youth by providing them guidance, structure, encouragement, education, and skills they can put to work as they mature into positive, confident, and optimistic adults. Kate has personally invested considerable extra time and effort to ensure the programs offered provide significant learning and hands-on experience for the students. The only issues that I have witnessed relate directly to having enough funds, materials and volunteers to assist Kate in implementing programs. The students often need rides, may not have gloves - necessary for working outside in the fall, etc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My primary role has been to provide marketing support. However, as there were other needs that arose, Kate extended a request for assistance to the network of Green Works advisors and volunteers. Therefore, I have participated by providing materials (stack of magazines) for a program, along with gloves and scarves for students. I also was able to play a small role in updates of the Green Works website.

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

Ensure the board members are actively seeking partners and funders for Green Works. Each board member would view this as a key responsibility.

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