ECOS Outdoor Nature Discovery

The ECOS program for 4th - 10th graders includes field trips to urban parks, hikes, bird watching, identification of native trees and plants, water quality testing, solid waste and recycling projects, and a ride on the Missouri River. ECOS is offered on Saturdays during the school year at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost and on Wednesdays after school at the Linwood YMCA, Linwood and Cleveland. We also take ECOS programs on the road to a variety of schools and community centers.

If you have a student in 4th - 10th grade interested in an ECOS program, complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.

If you are interested in bringing an ECOS lesson to your elementary or middle school students at an urban school or community center, send a note to Roberta@greenworkskc.org.

Cleaning up Brush Creek

Green Ink Community Service

The Green Ink program was named by former Green Works students and the name represents leaving a green impression. During Green Ink sessions, students take part in a short environmental lesson, and then participate in a community service project aligned to the lesson. Green Ink is a bi-monthly program for high school students held during the school year on Saturdays and after school. The times and locations vary based on the projects.


Green Works Lab

Our Workforce Social Enterprise program involves students taking part in an entrepreneurial curriculum, creating a simple business plan, and trying their hand at manufacturing several sustainable products. Students then design marketing materials and signage, and gain experience with customer service and sales by offering their products at local markets.

Currently, with local government funding from KCMO Water Services and MARC, our students are designing and manufacturing products that align with water quality and water conservation. This project is called Mighty Missouri SOS.

Excelerate Workforce Development

Excelerate is our workforce development program for 11th and 12th grade students. Students in the Excelerate program learn about and practice skills including problem solving and communication. They research careers, create career plans, write a resume and develop a LinkedIn profile. Students also take part in practice interviews and job site visits. The program takes place during the school year at our midtown classroom space.

Excelerate curriculum is informed by KC Rising's Common Sector Competencies, which is a set of skills, mindsets and knowledge students need in order to compete for regional jobs. KC Rising is a shared vision for regional prosperity that focuses on trade, people and ideas. Read more.

We have two formal Workforce Development program evaluations:

2018 Evaluation by Dr. Connie Campbell
2015 Evaluation by Dr. Alexis Petri

Summer Internships

Students who complete all Excelerate components earn a paid summer internship aligned with their career goals. Green Works staff arranges the internships and we raise the funds to cover the student stipends.

Watch Shahid
at his internship
at KCPT.

Watch Roxana
at her internship
at at KC Univ. of Med.
and Biosciences.

Watch Jose
at his internship
at SquareOneStudio.

Watch Keyaira
at her internship
with the Missouri
Department of Conservation.

Watch Keylen
at his internship
at the Kansas City Zoo.

Read about Brandon’s
internship with the Missouri
Department of Conservation.

Listen to our segment
on 90.9 The Bridge
Give Back Friday.

Student Registration Form for ECOS

Our ECOS program is open to 4th - 10th grade students living in the neighborhoods served by the Kansas City Public Schools. Please complete the form below, indicating which program you are interested in. One of our staff will be in touch with you. Once your child's registration is complete, you will receive text message class reminders.

Indicate the ECOS school-year program you are interested in (required):
Linwood YMCA, Linwood and Cleveland, Wednesdays 3:15 - 5:15Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Saturdays 9:30 - 12 for 4th - 5th gradesAnita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Saturdays 1 - 3:30 for 6th, 7th and 8th grades

Student name (required):

Elementary or middle school student attends (required):

Grade in Fall 2019 (required):

Parent or guardian name (required):

Person to contact:
Parent or GuardianStudent

Contact telephone number (required):

Contact email address (required):

How did you hear about us?/comments:

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.