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 150 students every year, from multiple schools in multiple programs.

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

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


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


Jensen Adams, Former Senior Facility Manager - Energy & Sustainability at Kansas City Public Schools

Laurie Brown, Conservation Ecologist at Vireo

Scott Bingham, Principal Landscape Architect at 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

Queen Wilkes, Green Works alum and Founder of Forethought Media LLC

Shane Wilson, Design Leader


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.