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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.

1 Gerald S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Green Works is a small nonprofit with a truly sustainable impact

Donor

Rating: 5

With a pecuniary outlook, I read "Green Works" as a sentence. Green is currency... cash. Nothing motivates like the promise of success and, for most of us, success and monetary payment are one and the same. Green Works strives to connect persons too young to have tasted success with a real paycheck for the first time by doing work that is clearly worthwhile after helping them learn why and how it IS worthwhile. And then helping them stay their course. Is that worth supporting? Or what!

Donor

Rating: 5

Green Works in Kansas City has changed the lives of many young people as well as their friends and family. And it will continue to have a positive effect on future generations. I have supported this fine organization from its inception and am impressed over and over again by its founder, the students, and the board.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Kate for years. She has brought her own personal values to this organization, consisting of integrity, sense of community, inspiration, and grit. This organization does tremendous work to help the youth of this city, truly making a difference in the lives of others, the community and the planet. I am pleased and inspired to be able to support Kate in helping make Kansas City an even better city!

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Kate several years ago and learned about Green Works. What an impressive organization for youth to learn the benefits of preserving the environment. I have supported it for several years and cannot think of a better endeavor to endorse!

Lou Eisenbrandt

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of meeting several students who have participated in the programs at Green Works. I was so impressed by their passion to improve the environment and educate their communities. They were truly inspiring and reflect the passion and commitment of founder, Kate Corwin. Green Works makes a huge difference in the lives of so many in our community and I am proud to be a supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Green Works in Kansas City is a terrific program that educates youth in the urban core around green practice and awareness. I have supported the program due to its meangingful vision and practical approach to education, training and job placement in the green industry. Focusing on the urban core is key to developing environmental practice in the Kansas City metro. Seeing youth progress through job training and placement is a great joy. I am happy to support Green Works In Kansas City!

Diane Patrick
kansas City Missouri

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Donor

Rating: 5

Green Works in Kansas City inspires me! The organization excels at maximizing financial resources to benefit our urban youth and community. And the return on investment in this group is astounding. While it may be difficult to measure in dollars, it's real value trickles through every fiber of the community. Green Works provides: hands-on, relevant job skills to teens and then helps them find jobs, community outreach that strengthens families and the communities they live in, as well as providing outreach that tangibly helps our environment.