Event is designed to bring in business leaders to build bridges for 1st generation leaders. Banyan recognizes that in order for people in poverty to thrive and succeed, whole families AND the larger community must be connected. Banyan creates educational pathways for youth to develop leadership skills, engage in positive and meaningful relationships with peers and adults, and broaden their horizons. These pathways are likened to a “LinkedIn” social capital network that dissipates the ghetto-like situation of poverty in neighborhoods.