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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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

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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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I have been associated with Green Works in Kansas City for the last 3 years as a Board Member and the last year as Board Chair. During this time, I have had the opportunity to interact with a fabulous program that educates our teen youth regarding important environmental matters. It is amazing to observe the growth in these children each year. Green Works in Kansas City is truly making a difference in these children's lives and providing an opportunity to add additional skillsets to their personal development.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rusty Smith

During the 3 years I followed Greenwworks, I’ve witnessed 1st hand its effectiveness and growing momentum. Greenworks is clear about its mission, and its founder knows how to execute. I feel good about devoting my time and effort to support the organization because I see real and substantial results, year after year.

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I believe no changes are needed at this time - the organization is on track.

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