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Environmental Education and Workforce Development for Urban Youth

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The staff, board and supporters of Green Works in Kansas City make long-term, life-changing investments in our urban high school youth – Kansas City’s future taxpayers, voters and environmental stewards. We believe that changing their future changes our future by positively impacting our environment, our economy and our community.

We educate students about the environment and involve them in meaningful service projects. Service learning helps students make a connection between their education and the workforce, decreasing the likelihood that they’ll drop out of school.

We expose students to a variety of growing, well-paid careers and help them develop achievable career plans aligned with their interests, skills and the economy. We provide soft skill and money management training. Then we raise the money to place our students into paid internships that improve academic performance and increase future job success and earnings.

And finally, we believe in the importance of social capital. All our programming is designed to leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations and to provide opportunities for our students to develop the strong networks they need to fuel their success.

The exposure and the connections [I’ve obtained from my 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 opportunity.”  Imani


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