Green Works in Kansas City
607 East 31st Street
Kansas City MO 64109
Working with the EPA to test water quality on Shoal Creek

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 3048400
Mission Statement

Green Works in Kansas City excels at environmental education and workforce development for urban high school students and in creating partnerships with local businesses, and organizations that open doors for our students and positively impact their futures. We educate students about the environment and involve them in meaningful service projects. We provide job skill training and financial literacy training to prepare our students for summer internships, and life after high school.

We also work with individual citizens, families, neighborhoods and organizations through informal science education to increase community awareness and support of environmental education and workforce priorities, and inspire environmental stewardship and respect. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kate Corwin
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Bresette
Board Chair Company Affiliation Live Like Luke Foundation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Green Works in Kansas City excels at environmental education and workforce development for urban high school students and in creating partnerships with local businesses, and organizations that open doors for our students and positively impact their futures. We educate students about the environment and involve them in meaningful service projects. We provide job skill training and financial literacy training to prepare our students for summer internships, and life after high school.

We also work with individual citizens, families, neighborhoods and organizations through informal science education to increase community awareness and support of environmental education and workforce priorities, and inspire environmental stewardship and respect. 

Background Statement
Green Works in Kansas City was incorporated in the state of Missouri in February of 2007. In September of 2007 we were recognized as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We have now served nearly 400 students in our two-year programming that includes environmental education and workforce development, culminating in paid summer internships aligned to our students career interests and goals. We have funded 14,000 hours of internships
 
Green Works in Kansas City combines the concept of environmental justice with the projected growth of employment in environmental fields. Young adults are educated about the environment, provided an opportunity to actively participate in environmental work, and exposed to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the environmental field.  Green Works also is involved in community education, specifically opportunities that allow our students to share what they have learned about the environment with their respective community. 
 
We empower our students to care for the environment, contribute to our economy, and create healthy communities.  
 
Impact Statement
Since beginning in September 2007 we have taught nearly 400 urban high school students about Kansas City's most serious environmental issues, and we have funded 14,000 hours of paid summer internships for our students. Our students and volunteers have planted numerous native plant beds, 45 trees and more than 4,000 native shrubs and plants in urban neighborhoods and along Brush Creek. With coordination from our staff, our current students and alumni represent their community at planning meetings, undertake larger service projects and share what they have learned about the environment with their friends and neighbors. These projects include a Shake Up Recycling program with Eco Elvis, Waterworks!with Bridging the Gap, Habitat Restoration on the oxbow at Brush Creek, and two videos on water quality and trash.  
 
All the students we have worked with have gone on to graduate from high school. Many are in college or working and four graduates obtained employment at their former internship site. One former student works for the KCMO waste water treatment plant where he had a Green Works summer internship during high school. Now with his high school education he is working at a job he never would have discovered without Green Works and he is making over $50,000 a year.  
 
We are a KCPT American Graduate Champion, the winner of a 2014 Civility Award from Consensus, and a MARC Sustainable Success Story for 2014.  
 
Our accomplishments for the past year (9/16 - 8/17) include renting and outfitting a new classroom space in midtown, adding several new board members, and conducting sessions with 35 of our current students to help us redesign our first-year environmental education program. 
 
Our goals for the current year (9/17 - 8/18) include expansion in number of students served, and in programming.  We are serving 100 students this year, serving students from four urban high schools. With our new classroom we are planning to offer three new electives - a digital literacy program (with Connecting for Good), a Financial Literacy program and an entrepreneurial program called the Green Works Lab.
 
Needs Statement
  1. Funding
  2. Mentors who are willing to help our students prepare for summer internships by meeting with them once/month from January through August. 
  3. Board members who are willing to assist with fund development and marketing.
  4. Volunteers willing to attend field trips with students, help plant trees or a rain garden, or help coordinate these service learning events.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Environmental Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
We provide high-quality educational and workforce opportunities to motivated young people living in Kansas City's dis-invested urban core, with a focus on neighborhoods served by the Kansas City Public Schools.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As the Board Chair for Green Works in Kansas City, I have witnessed first hand the challenges Green Works manages on a daily basis – balancing the current economic conditions and stewardship of the environment in a way that addresses the economic inequalities that exist in our metropolitan area. Taking these issues into account, Green Works founder Kate Corwin had a simple idea to create a program to provide opportunities to teen-age urban core students in Kansas City. The program educates students about local environmental issues, changing their behaviors towards the environment and leading them into gainful "green collar" employment, to benefit both the individual and the community as a whole. During the first few years these goals have been accomplished for approx. 40 students each year. Now we want to expand these successes to more students in Kansas City. How do we continue to build upon the foundation of these early years while also expanding to serve a greater number of students? As you know, raising money to expand these programs is an extremely difficult task for a young not-for-profit organization. Your support is essential to make these goals a reality. Please partner with Green Works in helping to benefit both these students with so much promise, and our community -- with so much of its economic and environmental future riding on the knowledge and talents of today's youths. Your assistance is greatly appreciated; it will be a helping hand towards a positive future for our community. A partnership between the Greater KC Community Foundation and Green Works in Kansas City is a path to build a strong and vibrant individual and community. Thank you.  Ryan A. Bresette

Programs
Description Our program called ECOS is year-long environmental stewardship education program. ECOS stands for Environmental Connection Opportunities for Students. The extended-learning curriculum includes classroom instruction and experiments, hands-on projects, guest speakers, science journals, field trips and service learning opportunities. The curriculum is centered on urban environmental issues that align with local programs and our most pressing environmental problems including the combined sewer system, waste management and the Recycle First program, and the need to invest in weatherization and sustainable energy. ECOS is held at high school campuses, after school and offered to freshmen and sophomores. 
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short-Term Success Students will meet people working in the environmental field, and will begin to consider careers that they have never considered before. By participating in hands-on projects, students will begin to understand that they can positively impact the environment. Student science literacy will increase and their behaviors towards the environment will change which will be reflected in the evaluation. 
Long-Term Success Students will become more aware of their impact on the environment, and their behaviors will begin to change. The ECOS graduates become environmental stewards of their urban neighborhoods, and provide a pipeline of minority adults who are interested in working in the environmental field. The ECOS program is offered to all urban high school students who do not have access to environmental education through their school district. 
Program Success Monitored By After each module of the ECOS curriculum, students complete a worksheet that includes an opportunity for them to comment on speakers, videos, games, and experiments that they are connected with, as well as those that didn't work as well. We also capture significant learning with the students reporting on the most important thing they learn in each module through reflection journals. The curriculum is continually being modified based on student feedback. In addition, Connie Campbell, Ph.D. conducted a rigorous evaluation of the class. The evaluation includes a seven-page test that has been administered to the ECOS class as well as 40 additional students (control group).Our first year evaluation is available on our website. 
Examples of Program Success
Four of our former students have secured employment at their internship sites, including a young man who is working at the KCMO Waste Water Treatment plant, making $50,000/year with a high school education. Two former students have joined our board, and one former student is an assistant instructor for our first year program. Many of our students are in college, several majoring in environmental science.   
Description
Excelerate is a year-long after school program to help prepare high school students for post-secondary education and the workforce. Students take part in skills and interest evaluations, research three growing careers,  prepare a resume, take part in job shadowing, participate in money management training, and learn time management, leadership, teamwork, and organization skills. Excelerate is offered as a second year program to students who have completed ECOS. 
 
Students who complete Excelerate are placed in paid summer internships, arranged and funded by Green Works.   
Category Employment, General/Other Internships
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Over the course of the year students will exhibit an increase in self-esteem and resilience. Students will have created a master resume, a LinkedIn Account, will have taken part in at least three practice interviews. Students will have three distinct career plans with varying levels of required education. One career plan must require two or fewer years of post-secondary education. 
Long-Term Success
Students graduate from high school better prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce. Some work directly for the environment - in jobs they never considered before Green Works. Others spread their knowledge of environmental stewardship to their work places. 
 
With steady employment Green Works graduates are able to buy homes. They plant native plants in their yard, weatherize their homes, install rain barrels and teach their neighbors. When they become parents they pass on their respect for the environment to their children.
 
Graduates attend community events and advocate for their neighborhoods. They are educated voters who understand the important decisions impacting our water infrastructure and public transportation. Some graduates are appointed to boards and commissions helping lead Kansas City's future. They are resilient and accountable role models - actively engaged in making Kansas City a better and healthier place to live.  
Program Success Monitored By We use a national instrument to assess changes in our student's self-esteem and resilience.  
Examples of Program Success
We have funded nearly 12,000 hours of paid internships for our students. While less than 10 years old, we already have a student from year 2 who is employed full-time at the KCMO Waste Water Treatment Plant and three other students working at their former internship sites. This is a direct result of the student's summer internships through Green Works.
 
Dr. Alexis Petri conducted an evaluation of our second year students that is available on our website. She found that students were more prepared for the workforce and college after taking part in Accelerate and summer internships.
 
Two former students now serve on our board, one also serves as an assistant instructor for our first year program. Many of our students are in college, several majoring in environmental science.    
Description The purpose of our alumni group is to provide opportunities for our students to share what they have learned in ECOS with members of their community, and continue to participate in service projects. Alumni students have been attending community meetings regarding long-term plans for Brush Creek and have been working with architects on green building design. The students recently worked with a KCAI student and designed water quality t-shirts. They have banded birds, built bird houses, tested water quality at Shoal Creek, and wrote and starred in two public service announcements for the KCMO Parks and Water Departments. Last year the students worked with EnergyWorksKC/Bridging the Gap to educate their community about water quality and conservation issues using a game they developed entitled "Our Water is in Jeopardy". Our students chose the name Green Ink to reflect their desire to leave a green impression on their community.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Students will actively participate in two projects each year that impact their neighborhoods and they will participate in eight community events or meetings. Average attendance will be 50% or above for each event.
Long-Term Success Our students will be active and involved community members, continuing into adulthood.
Program Success Monitored By Along with attendance, we track our students' increase in self esteem and hopefulness using a national survey instrument.  
Examples of Program Success Green Works alumni partnered with Bridging the Gap to educate their community about water quality. Students developed and fabricated a board game called "Our Water is In Jeopardy" and presented the game at five community events. Students also designed and planted two rain gardens and gave seven presentations of "5 Blue Things".  
Description Our new Digital Literacy elective includes eight sessions where our students learn basic word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and beginning keyboarding (typing). We are working with Connecting for Good to offer Digital Literacy to our students. The Financial Literacy elective includes topics that are relevant to high school students including credit and debit cards, true cost of owning a car and living away from home, predatory lending and budgeting. We are using curriculum from Junior Achievement and Bank of America.
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success 80% of students will show statistically significant changes in financial knowledge from a pre and post evaluation, and changes in digital literacy from pre and post evaluations.
Long-Term Success Students will be more likely to own a home, have less student debt and a higher net worth than their peers who did not take part in financial literacy programming.
Program Success Monitored By Pre and post evaluations are provided by the curriculum partners.
Examples of Program Success These programs are new so we don't have any success examples yet. 
CEO Comments
We want to grow and serve more students. There are 15,000 students in the Kansas City school district and we want to serve more of them. Our students regularly identify friends who want to be part of our program, and we always have a waiting list.  
 
We are benefiting from a large grassroots support system. Over 10% of our total budget for the current year will come from in-kind donations from our board and volunteers and we have involved 40 volunteers in our programming. The design and on-going maintenance of our website is 100% donated. This high-quality and professional website is a major marketing asset.
 
Our volunteers and board members are actively involved in developing internship orientation materials and training for our students, and developing similar materials for the internship work locations. Our board members bring direct connections to City Hall, the EPA, Jackson County, MCC and the Full Employment Council – all of which have committed time, attention and planning opportunities to our growth and development. Our board was very successful this past year in raising money individuals for internships, in addition to the funds raised for general operations.
 
We are proud of the fact that despite beginning in a recession, our funding and programming is growing and we have met our goal for a healthy reserve fund.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kate Corwin
Term Start Feb 2007
Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Experience
In 2007, after a successful career as an IT engineer in the telecommunications field and nine years as an entrepreneur, Kate founded Green Works. Kate is an active community member, having served on the Landmarks Commission and the Zoning Steering Committee and as President of the Southmoreland Neighborhood Association. She currently serves on the board of MainCor, and as Chair of the 43rd and Main TIF Advisory Board, overseeing $3M in housing investments. Kate was recently appointed to the streetcar steering committee to represent the Main Street corridor.
 
Kate was recently recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as a KC Connector. She is a recipient of a 2007 Environmental Excellence Award from Bridging the Gap and was named Eco Activist of the Year for 2009 by The Pitch. Kate is a member of Kansas City Tomorrow and International Women’s Forum. Kate holds undergraduate degrees in Information Technology and Finance and an MA in Economics.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 7
Retention Rate 50%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Our largest partnerships include the Missouri Department of Conservation/The Discovery Center for rain garden training, Brush Creek clean-ups, Swope Park glade restoration project and internship placements. Habitat Restore and the City of Kansas City, MO both provide field trips and internship placements. We are members of Kansas City Environmental Educators Network (KCEEN). KCMO Parks & Rec department and Burns & McDonnell Engineering assist us with habitat restoration and volunteers.
 
In all we have 52 community partners. 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Env. Excellence AwardBridging the Gap2007
Eco Activist of the Year for Kate CorwinThe Pitch2009
American Graduate ChampionKCPT2014
Civility AwardConsensus2014
Sustainable Success StoryMid-America Regional Council (MARC)2014
KC ConnectorKauffman Foundation2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Bresette
Company Affiliation Live Like Luke Foundation
Term Sept 2013 to Aug 2019
Email ryanbresette@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Deanna Barger Harley-Davidson
Mr. Scott Bingham BBN Architects, Inc.
Mr. Ryan Bresette Live Like Luke Foundation
Ms. Amy Coopman Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PC.
Ms. Kate Corwin Green Works in Kansas City/Community Volunteer
Mr. Calvin Girard KCP&L
Ms. Neila Seda CFS Engineers
Dr. Manuel Solano Metropolitan Community College
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Joan Leavens Kansas State University
Ms. Natalie Lewis Kauffman Scholars
Ms. Rochelle Owens LINC
CEO Comments
Funding for our programming is always challenging. Thankfully we are able to attract funding from funders interested in environmental education, social justice, workforce development, at-risk youth and even health. 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $225,000
Projected Expenses $225,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 EZ.  Functional expense breakdowns provided by the organization. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$141,686$106,115$116,297
Administration Expense$25,854$43,460$38,377
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.311.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%71%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$264,800$234,273$141,653
Current Assets$263,688$233,585$141,653
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$50,758$51,903$5,078
Total Net Assets$214,042$182,370$136,575
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.204.5027.90
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --MR and Evelyn Hudson Foundation $25,000Individual Donor $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $25,000State Farm Insurance $12,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --State Street $20,000Skillbuilders Fund $11,400
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
We have had financial reviews conducted by a CPA for YE 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, all with no findings. This is a requirement for United Way affiliation. 
Organization Name Green Works in Kansas City
Address 607 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 3048400
Contact Email kate@greenworkskc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kate Corwin
Board Chair Mr. Ryan Bresette
Board Chair Company Affiliation Live Like Luke Foundation
Year of Incorporation 2007