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GREEN WORKS IN KANSAS CITY
May 13, 2011

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.

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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.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field & We sponsored a student intern for summer 2010; we taught a hands-on class in urban stream habitat and aquatic life; we taught a class on making straight-to-web videos from "person-on-the-street" interviews about how people feel about their water bodies';.