ECOS Outdoor Nature Club

The after school ECOS program 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 to 7th to 10th graders at two urban community centers on Monday and Tuesday afternoons during the school year. On Wednesdays we take ECOS programs on the road and visit a variety of middle schools and community centers.

If you are interested in bringing an ECOS lesson to your 7 – 10th grade students at an urban KCMO school or community center, send a note to Roberta@greenworkskc.org.


Green Works Entrepreneurial Lab

The Lab is a summer program for students that have completed ECOS. Students take part in an entrepreneurial curriculum, create a simple business plan, and try 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.

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. The times and locations vary based on the projects.


Excelerate Workforce Development

Excelerate is our core workforce development program for 11th and 12th grade students. During Excelerate students learn and practice life skills including problem solving and communication. They research careers, create career plans, create a master resume and a LinkedIn profile, and take part in practice interviews and job site visits. We offer Excelerate programs during the school year at our midtown classroom space.

Summer Internships

Students that 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 Keylen
at his internship
at the Kansas City Zoo.

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

Student Interest Form for ECOS and Green Ink

Our programs are open to middle and high school students living in the neighborhoods served by the Kansas City Public Schools. If you are interested in the ECOS or Green Ink programs, please complete the form below and one of our staff will be in touch with you.

Student name (required):

Middle or high school where student is enrolled for Fall 2018 (required):

Grade in Fall 2018 (required):

Parent or guardian name (required):

Person to contact:
Parent or GuardianStudent

Contact telephone number (required):

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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.