History and Mission

Kate Corwin began Green Works in September of 2007 after careers in telecom engineering and as an entrepreneur in the manufacturing industry. From an initial class of 12 in a single ECOS program at a single school, we have grown to serve more than 100 students every year, from multiple high schools.

Mission: Green Works in Kansas City excels at environmental education and workforce development for urban youth and in creating partnerships that open doors for our students and positively impact their futures. We educate students about the environment with project-based learning and meaningful service projects. We provide job skill training, financial literacy and paid summer internships to prepare our students for life after high school. And we involve our students in educational initiatives in their neighborhoods.

Annual Report

for Fiscal Year Ending August 2018

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Students served every year


Hours of internships funded


Excelerate grads better prepared for employment.
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Student high school graduation rate


Native plants, shrubs, and trees planted in urban KCMO


Matthew Barton, ECOS Instructor

Kellie Case, Manager Green Works Lab

Kate Corwin, President

Tamika Doolin, Excelerate Instructor

Batula Hussein, Excelerate Assistant Instructor

David McClannahan, ECOS Instructor

Wabbas Shahid, IT support and Excelerate Assistant

Roberta Vogel-Leutung, Director Environmental Education

Elaine Warren, Manger Workforce Development


Jensen Adams, Energy & Sustainability Manager at Kansas City Public Schools

Deana Barger, Board Secretary, Environmental Manager for Harley-Davidson

Scott Bingham, Principal Landscape Architect with BBN Architects, Inc.

Ryan Bresette, Board Chair, President of Live Like Luke Foundation

Amy Coopman, Employment Attorney with Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PC.

Kate Corwin, President of Green Works in Kansas City

Calvin Girard, Board Treasurer, Senior Manager Integration Success for KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies

Neila Seda, Project Designer at McClure Engineering Company

Manuel Solano, M.D., Medical Director for Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center


We are committed to providing high-quality educational and workforce opportunities to motivated young people living in the urban neighborhoods served by the Kansas City Public Schools. Within this target population, we will not discriminate based on economic or social status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability.