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.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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  

I have worked with Kate Corwin and Green Works for the past several years as a part of Kansas City's sustainability initiatives. I have spoken with the students about our sewer overflow control plan and they were very knowledgeable about the implications of waste water on our environment. I also went with the class to tour the waste treatment facility and was impressed by their questions and interest in the treatment processes. Green Works has done some incredible work along Brush Creek -- taking the stream bed back to its original vegetation and bed. These students have an impressive knowledge and enthusiasm for improving our community's environment. I applaud their efforts.

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

I have spoken with the students about our city's EPA-mandated sewage overflow control plan. I accompanied them to the waste treatment plant of our Water Services Department and saw first-hand their knowledge of water quality issues and science. The Director, Kate Corwin, has been an important advisor to the City's sustainability initiatives.

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

I would like to ensure that Green Works has the resources it needs to continue to educate young people about environmental issues, conduct environmental remediation programs, and be advocates for a more sustainable Kansas City.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Our Region 7 EPA Urban Waters team has and will continue to collaborate with Green Works in Kansas City because we value their work in engaging urban youth in not only understanding their environment better, but in developing as people and professionals through informal and formal mentoring, and internship placement. The student's eagerness to learn and participate is inspiring, and the liklihood that regardless of the career they choose, they will be good stewards is encouraging. One important aspect of successful collaboration is the degree of organization, preparedness, and commitment on the part of our partners. We can always count on Green Works KC's director, Kate Corwin, to plan well, follow through, and be creative, responsive, and visionary.

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

How the work they are doing tracks well with our Urban Waters goals of connecting urban people with their waters, furthering their understanding of their water bodies, and connecting water qualtiy improvement to overall community revitalization.

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

I would love to see Green Works in Kansas City expand to engage more students and to even broaden the curriculum to include parallel tracks of leadership development through civic engagement, possibly with older students leading and mentoring younger ones.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am highly impressed with the incredible experiential learning and achievement created through Green Works of Kansas City. I served as the formal evaluator of the program. This evaluation was a research study of participating Green Works students compared to their matched peers taking the same science course in their alternative high school in Kansas City, MO. While there were no statistically significant differences between the groups on the pre-test, the Green Works students made highly significant post-test gains, compared to the students in the control group, in science vocabulary and concepts based on Missouri State Standards. Examples of gains are listed below:

1. Acid rain: Droplets containing pollutants that are products of burning coal, other fuels and industry. 1% correct on post-test by control group; 70% correct on post-test by Green Works students completing the ECOS curriculum and hands-on experiences.

2. Ecosystem: Living things all interacting as a group and with the surroundings in which they live. .05 – less than 1% correct– control group students; 70% correct Green Works ECOS students.

3. Environment: The air, water, light and land and their conditions that affect the living things in their surroundings. .06 – less than 1% correct control group students; 60% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

4. Erosion: Eating away of a surface. .06 – less than 1% correct - control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

5. Humus: Decayed matter that provides nutrients for plants and makes soil able to retain water. .06 - less than 1% correct - control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

6. Hypoxia zone: An area of oxygen-depleted waters. .03 – less than 1% correct - control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

7. Natural resource: Materials from the earth like timber, fresh water, coal or oil that have economic value. 12% correct- control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

8. Organism: Individual forms of life and living things, such as plants, animals, bacteria, or fungus. 16% correct - control group students; 70% Green Works ECOS students.

9. Soil compaction: Land in which the air and water is squeezed out through pollution and development. .05 – less than 1% correct- control group students; 40% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

10. Watershed: The specific land area that drains water into a river system or other body of water. 12% correct - control group students; 70% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

11. Wetland: A lowland area, such as a marsh or swamp, filled with moisture and the natural habitat of wildlife. 8% correct - control group students; 50% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

12. Bio-retention area: Places with high water run-off that are built with sand, soil and native plants to reduce drainage .06 – less than 1% correct – control group students; 20% correct - Green Works ECOS students.

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

1. Correlating the ECOS curriculum to Missouri State Standards and recommended national science standards. 2. Researching and comparing Green Works experiential learning systems and strategies (e.g., hands-on science, mentorships, internships and lessons) with evidence-based research and best practices in teaching and instruction. 3. Evaluating and assessing the learning outcomes and changed student behavior patterns and consequences of the Green Works ECOS program.

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

Expand the organization's capacity to reach more students and bring the curriculum, workforce development training and internships to more high schools.

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