History and Mission

Kate Corwin began Green Works in September of 2007 after establishing her careers in telecom engineering and entrepreneurship 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 150 students every year, from multiple schools in multiple programs.

Mission: Since 2007 we have been empowering Kansas City's future leaders  to care for our environment, contribute to our economy, and create healthy communities.


"Green Works is one of the most nimble and dynamic nonprofits in Kansas City." - Ann Z.

Annual Report

for Fiscal Year Ending August 2019

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Our Impact on Kansas City


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


Ophelia Brinkley, ECOS Instructor
Kellie Case, Manager Green Works Lab
Kate Corwin, President
Tamika Doolin, Excelerate Instructor
Angelica Duckworth, ECOS Instructor
Nataleigh Messimore, ECOS Instructor
Kieu Ngo, ECOS Instructor
Wabbas Shahid, IT support and Excelerate Assistant
Roberta Vogel-Leutung, Director Environmental Education
Elaine Warren, Manager Workforce Development
Queen Wilkes, Green Works Lab and ECOS Assistant


Jensen Adams, Former Senior Facility Manager at Kansas City Public Schools
Laurie Brown, Conservation Ecologist at Vireo
Scott Bingham, Secretary, Principal Landscape Architect at BBN Architects, Inc.
Ryan Bresette, Chairman Emeritus, President of Live Like Luke Foundation
Kate Corwin, President of Green Works in Kansas City
Mark Eisemann, Attorney with Lewis Rice, LLC
Calvin Girard
, Board Chair, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Evergy
Neila Seda, Design Engineer at CFS Engineers
Manuel Solano, M.D., Former Director at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Queen Wilkes, Green Works alum and Founder of Forethought Media LLC
Shane Wilson, Design Leader at Olivus Design

"I had the opportunity to facilitate a strategic planning session with the Green Works Board and was amazed at the depth of discussion, dedication to the cause, and sense of purpose. This is a high functioning and well-resourced non-profit board." - Jason Humphrey, Evergy


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.