GREEN WORKS IN KANSAS CITY
Rating: 4.95 stars 19 reviews
Location: 4334 McGee St % Katherine K Corwin Kansas City MO 64111 USA
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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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.
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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.