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Banyan Community

Banyan Model

Banyan Community Model

Banyan is a community development organization in which youth, family and community must be synchronized to achieve the greatest impact:

  • Youth attend programs to succeed in school, build life skills, develop assets, and cultivate healthy relationships.
  • Families are strengthened with Banyan staff by bringing together parents and children. Parents learn how to advocate for their children.
  • A strong community exists when neighbors know each other and begin to care for each other. The Lighthouse Network is Banyan’s brand of community building through block clubs.

Banyan is mission driven, born of a blend of intuitive responsiveness and strategic best practices that stem from an intentional research model and community input from lived experience. This synergistic approach is bringing holistic change in our community.

Youth

Banyan inspires young people to invest in themselves in education and community. Youth are prepared to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through programs that cultivate social, emotional and educational growth. Our youth have fun while they develop into Committed Learners and Reconciled People.

Youth Development Programs

Preschool

Reopening soon!

THRIVE

Thrive is our after school program for youth in grades K-5.

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SOAR

SOAR is our after school program for youth in grades 6-8.

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Cool Off Days

Cool Off Days is our summer program for youth in grades K-8.

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Kids Club

Our Christian discipleship program youth.

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ASPIRE!

ASPIRE! is our intensive high school academic support program.

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Banyan Scholars

Banyan Scholars is our support program for youth in college.

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Youth

Banyan inspires young people to invest in themselves in education and community. Youth are prepared to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through programs that cultivate social, emotional and educational growth. Our youth have fun while they develop into Committed Learners and Reconciled People.

Banyan Community Youth Community Program

Youth Development Programs

Preschool

Reopening soon!

THRIVE

Thrive is our after school program for youth in grades K-5.

Learn More →

SOAR

SOAR is our after school program for youth in grades 6-8.

Learn More →

Cool Off Days

Cool Off Days is our summer program for youth in grades K-8.

Learn More →

Kids Club

Our Christian discipleship program youth.

Learn More →

ASPIRE!

ASPIRE! is our intensive high school academic support program.

Learn More →

Banyan Scholars

Banyan Scholars is our support program for youth in college.

Learn More →

Families

Banyan brings hope to families by strengthening the relationships between parents and children. Our families have close bonds that enable us to work together toward a brighter future. Banyan helps parents become advocates for their children in all arenas of life, while children become an inspiration to their parents. Banyan families are Future Oriented, because they see that their future is bright.

Family Strengthening Programs

Family Support

Strengthening families through connections and relationship

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Home Visits

Family Advocate conduct annual home visits

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Families

Banyan brings hope to families by strengthening the relationships between parents and children. Our families have close bonds that enable us to work together toward a brighter future. Banyan helps parents become advocates for their children in all arenas of life, while children become an inspiration to their parents. Banyan families are Future Oriented, because they see that their future is bright.

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Family Strengthening Programs

Family Support

Strengthening families through connections and relationship

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Home Visits

Family Advocate conduct annual home visits

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Community

Creating community is an essential part of Banyan’s mission and is inseparable from the strength of our families and the success of our youth. Banyan connects members of the neighborhood with each other, creating bonds that encourage communication and belonging. Building trust between residents, and training leaders on every block, brings hope and safety to every home. Banyan acts as a ‘resource hub’, connecting residents with supportive systems and equipping them as Leading Citizens.

Community Connection Programs

Lighthouse Network

Lighthouse Network

Banyan’s community building block club program

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Gathering Events

Quarterly community building events

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Community Council

Adult leadership development program

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CLEC (Community, Leadership, Education, and Connection)

Adult education program

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Community

Creating community is an essential part of Banyan’s mission and is inseparable from the strength of our families and the success of our youth. Banyan has helped neighborhood residents develop close relationships and work together on community issues.

Sample outcomes:

  • 80% of LHN leaders report building trust with neighbors
  • 75% of families participated in all gatherings this year
  • 80% of community council members will offer feedback to Banyan staff on community strengths and needs
  • 65% of CLEC attendees are developing trust based relationships with each other
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Community Connection Programs

Lighthouse Network

Lighthouse Network

Our block club program that nurtures community.

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Gathering Events

Family outings, field trips, and more.

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Community Council

A community council offers adults the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

Banyan Community Outreach Leadership Minneapolis

CLEC

Community, Leadership, Education, and Connection

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“I love how Banyan supports families and kids. My kids really enjoy coming here and the educators do a great job.”

Banyan Parent

“I am so grateful for Banyan. I trust Banyan and the staff here with my children, which is very important to me.”

Banyan Parent

“Sometimes I think of moving to the suburbs due to the drug and homeless issues but, then I think of Banyan and my neighbors, friends and family and I say – I CAN NEVER LEAVE PHILLIPS.”

Community Council Member

“I’m glad I came to Banyan this summer or else I would just be at home bored watching TV instead of doing fun things like crafts.”

Banyan Youth

“I’m thankful that we have had Banyan to guide us through this college process. We have never done this before, and don’t know anything about college or financial aid. It was good to know that our son had Banyan to help him understand things and explain the steps.”

Banyan Parent

“Banyan teaches you to stand up for what you know is right, to handle the situation in a respectful manner.”

Banyan Youth

“I give to Banyan because I know that my gift will go a long way both in impact with the community as well as effectiveness with a well-run organization.”

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