Green Works In Kansas City

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 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 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.
Results: - 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
Programs: environmental education, workforce development and community engagement.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been in Green works since my freshman year of high school and I'm currently in my junior year of high school. Being in Green Works has been a wonderful opportunity and I'm so glad I signed up for the program. Green Works has had a huge impact on my life and my academic career. I've learned a lot of things about different topics. From water pollution to how to budget my money in a real life situation. I've become good friends with the other students in the program and I've developed a large network through this program. I earned a paid summer intership at a boutique through Green Works and I loved it! I gained experience and it's something else I can add to my resume! I encouraged some of my friends to join the program and they enjoyed the program as well. I will continue to recommend this program to my peers. This is such a great program to be apart of and I hope it continues to grow and help students achieve success.

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2015

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I love working with Green Works! I worked for three different companies during the summers and I've met so many influential, reliable people to network with! I am on my way to college working for a health care clinic that would look great on my resume, thanks to Green Works in Kansas City! I would never regret signing the form to join something so spectacular. I will never forget the boat ride on the Missouri/Kansas River, the first time I've rode in a canoe, or even my first time holding a snake! I highly recommend this organization to any student who lacks networking, communication, and overall exposure to a friendly, resourceful environment!
Thank You Kate!!!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Green Works is a great organization, filled with exciting opportunities for young teens in the Kansas City Urban Area. Green Works does many different engaging programs, so that the young teens can get involved and really help their community in many different ways, such as planting trees along Brush Creek, or weeding out community gardens, so that the community around them can eat from it and be happy. I have learned many different things from this program, such as a more complex and in depth understanding of the many weather cycles of the world, to making and creating my own resume that I will use for my entire life. This program does wonders for those who take the time to participate in it. Green Works can also give you the opportunity to have internships during the summer. I have had two internships so far, and I've really enjoyed both of them quite a bit. The exposure and the connections that you obtain with those internships are really amazing and can help teens become future successful adults. None of this would be possible without Green Works and I truly appreciate this program.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Greenworks is a strong and relevant organization for our community. Kate Corwin is dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities and mentorships for students. This visionary program invests in youth in our community by introducing them to mentors, new ideas, and career opportunities related to the environment and sustainability. Through 2010, Greenworks interns worked at the Metropolitan Energy Center's Project Living Proof demonstration residence. With the guidance of engineers, landscape architects, and energy professionals, the students installed the initial phase of a Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot landscape. They were interested in the design and intentions of the project - and they brought fun and energy to the installation.

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

our work at the Metropolitan Energy Center's Project Living Proof, a demonstration of smart grid technologies, sustainable renovation strategies, and innovative landscaping at an historical Kansas City home.

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

get more students involved in the Greenworks program!

 
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I am the Volunteer Manager at Habitat for Humanity KC ReStore. We have hosted Green Works interns and they have done a great job. They have helped in the warehouse and learned some helpful job skills. Kate has done a great job in educating the students and preparing them to work in the enviornmental industries. We have also given tours to all of her classes of our 33,000 sf facility where we recycle over 20 differnet materials and where we have raised over 2 milloin dollars for Habitat for Humanity Kansas City and kept 20,000 tons from going into the landfills. Keep up the good work Green Works. Thanks, Hayley

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

Yes I have been a mentor to one of the Green Works and am proud to say her is a local community college on a full scholarship.

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

I would like to see it expand to be able to serve more students in our community.

 
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