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Become a partner and help build a bridge for 1st generation business and community leaders. Be inspired and network with business and community leaders that strive to make a difference in the urban American landscape.

Banyan Community 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. Likened to a “LinkedIn” social capital network that dissipates the ghetto like situation of poverty in neighborhoods.

Friday, April 13th
7:30 – 9:00 AM, doors open at 7:00 AM

Banyan Community
2529 13th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

What to Expect:

Plan to be inspired and network with business and community leaders who strive to make a difference in the urban American landscape.

“Building Bridges for 1st Generation Leaders”

   Tim McNiff, KARE 11

   Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
CEO, Rae Mackenzie Group
Executive Producer, People of Color Career Fair

   Alvin Abraham
Dean, Dougherty Family College

   Kolu Wilson
Assistant Commissioner, Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Economic Equity & Opportunity

   Joani Essenburg
Co-Founder & Executive Director of Banyan Community

   Banyan college youth speaking about how they are overcoming poverty and becoming community leaders



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