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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

6 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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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