Building Our Future

Strategic Plan Overview

During the past year, The Banyan Board of Directors approved our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan as our existing plan was expiring. In partnership with Deloitte and DeYoung Consulting, the Banyan Board of Directors, leadership, staff, parents, and community members developed the new 5 year plan that continues the journey we’ve been on to deepen our roots within the community and create enhancements to ensure youth and families receive relevant, future oriented programming.

The team undertook the most robust data collection process in Banyan’s history. Insight and information from parents, neighbors, community council, staff and board informed the process. In the end, the voices from over 100 interviews and surveys were reflected in the vision for the next 5 years!

Our ongoing and focused approach will continue to develop reconciled people, committed learners, and leading citizens.


Through engagement, we will focus on building relationships and leveraging community assets to connect those who show commitment and interest and Banyan and with each other.

  • Design comprehensive admissions process
  • Develop and utilize consistent guidelines for serving families that move
  • Enhance community engagement to build lasting relationships
  • Identify older adult program opportunities

Youth and Family

Provide preschool-to-career support for youth and families with the goal that participants are growing, active and resilient leaders in our community.

  • Define approach and establish preschool
  • Build out additional educational capabilities
  • Expand high school network and program
  • Promote diverse postsecondary options
  • Enhance internship and career support
  • Diversity and increase adult education options

Organizational Infrastructure

Support staff by enhancing our human resources, organizational infrastructure and advancing our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion to best understand and serve our community for generations to come.

  • Strengthen diverse representation and voice to honor neighborhood demographics
  • Develop feedback opportunities and performance expectations
  • Grow leadership skills and qualities that support organizational goals
  • Create succession plan

How is the strategic plan coming to life?

Build Out Additional Educational Capabilities

Throughout a programming year, Banyan youth are exposed to a variety of educational opportunities to expand upon classroom learning. In particular, educators utilize hands on learning techniques that allow youth the explore while having fun at the same time. To deepen this work, Banyan seeks to develop partnerships with organizations that have expertise in various programming areas to enhance Banyan’s educational capabilities. This fall, Banyan partnered with a local group seeking to remove barriers and provide accessible STEAM programming in underserved communities. Working with our K-2 youth weekly, they provide all types of learning opportunities utilizing their expertise.

Bringing additional curricula and partners to expose youth to a variety of opportunities ensures we are instilling a love of lifelong learning at a young age that can be carried through the high school, postsecondary, and a meaningful career in the future. 

Promote Diverse Postsecondary Options

In response to the ever evolving job market, our support of youth beyond high school is evolving. Although we have always worked to support youth to reach their aspiration, we are working to ensure they explore options that are “right” for them, as individuals, not in a prescribed way.

Manny, DeLaSalle class of 2015, had initially started his postsecondary career in a four-year program with his sights set on an Automotive Engineering degree. He soon discovered that it wasn’t the right fit – he was more excited to work using his hands to fix cars. He navigated a transition to Dunwoody College where he enrolled in a Honda Professional Automotive Career Training program. He is now employed with Honda as a Journeyman Technician and loves his work. Someday he hopes to own a business fixing cars once he gains more experience and expertise.

Supporting our youth to find the right fit as they seek out career opportunities is the priority.

Enhance Community Engagement to Build Lasting Relationships

Banyan families reconnected at a summer picnic they organized alongside several staff members. Families lucked out with a perfect summer day that allowed them to relax and enjoy being with each other. Youth played volleyball and other games while parents cooked and served up hamburgers, hot dogs, and other classic picnic cuisine like potato salad, fruit, and cookies.

The leadership Banyan families demonstrated in organizing this picnic to build community is exactly the type of leadership we hope to embrace and grow over the next five years. As we build on new community-driven leadership, our connections and roots will grow even deeper.

“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.”

Current Donor