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Green Works in Kansas City

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Causes: Education, Educational Services

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 280 urban high school students about Kansas City’s most serious environmental issues. - We have funded over 12,000 hours of 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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Green Works has jumped started my career as an engineer. I have been apart of Green Works since I was a junior in high school, now I am a freshman in college. In the program I learned the importance of maintaining the environment and I learned new things in that class everyday. I also got to be in a commercial for water quality to educate the community on why not to litter. If it wasn't for Green Works I wouldn't have the experience of interning at an engineering firm called HNTB. Through this internship I got to meet influential members of the community. Like Mayor Sly James, State Representative Randy Dunn, and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority CEO Joe Reardon. Being apart of this program is a once in a lifetime chance and if I could go back I would have signed up as a freshman.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved the boat ride on the Missouri River. Thank you for the awesome experience! - Karla

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two sons who participated in Green Works programming. They learned a lot about the environment and shared what they learned with our family, but also our friends and neighbors. After the solid waste unit they went up and down our street encouraging neighbors to participate in curbside recycling. Now our street is littered with blue bins on trash day! Along with the environmental knowledge they both gained significant confidence and improved their soft skills during their internships. One of my sons is currently in college, and the other is successfully employed. His employer told me that the internship experience was the reason he got an interview. I am so grateful for the life-changing experiences Green Works provided for my sons!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Kara, was a participant in Greenworks during the 2014-2015 school year. This program has helped reinforce in her a deeper desire to use our planet and its resources responsibly. The classes were interesting. But the field trips that showed the students what really happens to our trash, the impact of plastic bottles, how delicate our water cycle is is what makes this program so amazing. We are very pleased. Thank you, Greenworks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar