History and Mission
Kate Corwin began Green Works in September of 2007 after careers in telecom engineering and as an entrepreneur in the furniture 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.
We also work with individual citizens, families, neighborhoods and organizations through informal science education to enhance community awareness and support of environmental education and workforce priorities, and inspire increased environmental stewardship and respect.
Students served every year
Hours of internships funded
Excelerate grads better prepared for employment.
Read the Report
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
Batula Hussein, ECOS Assistant
David McClannahan, ECOS Instructor
Wabbas Shahid, Excelerate Assistant
Roberta Vogel-Leutung, Director Environmental Education
Elaine Warren, Manger Workforce Development
Jensen Adams, Energy & Sustainability Manager at Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS)
Deana Barger, Board Secretary, Environmental Manager for Harley-Davidson
Scott Bingham, Principal Landscape Architect with BBN Architects, Inc.
Ryan Bresette, Board Chair, 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 of Investor Relations for Great Plains Energy
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.