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Banyan Buzz
September, 2016
Banyan Community invites you to join us under the Banyan tree as we share our joys, challenges and life events while living and growing together! Banyan Buzz is our attempt to bring you into the center of our conversations to celebrate with us. Enjoy!
Joani Essenburg, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar
Annual Banyan Dinner
Rooted in our community.
Growing our future.
Sunday, October 30
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Banyan Community Center
2529 13th Ave S, Mpls
Our annual dinner celebrates the partnership of our supporters and our community members as we close the opportunity gap.
Join us this year as we showcase Banyan's work in our new home. We are excited to welcome you for a behind the scenes look at the transformation happening in the Phillips neighborhood.
Banyan Moved!
Please Update your Records
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Please update your records with our new address:
2529 13th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 722-8512 no change to phone number
Our Coordinates
40° 42' 46.021"N 74° 0' 21.388"W
Tax Change Benefits
Great way to support Banyan
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) made some tax breaks permanent – including charitable contributions from an IRA account. If you meet the specific criteria (check with your financial planner/tax advisor for details) you can now make charitable contributions at any point in the calendar year, and they would not be included in your gross income.
A tax change that is a win/win! If you are interested in supporting Banyan from a qualified account, let us know and we can get you the appropriate routing information.
New Staff Intros
More Youth = More Staff
As we welcome more youth and families we welcome staff to grow with us.
Anna Wirth
College & Career Counselor
Anna comes to us from DeLaSalle High School where she served in the counseling office as the Catapult Learning Advisor. Anna knows Banyan kids from school and Banyan, when she served as a volunteer in our ASPIRE! program to help our Seniors with their college application process.  Anna brings great enthusiasm to Banyan as she enjoys working not only with youth, but also getting to know families.  She is a graduate of St. Cloud University with a BS in Psychology and a MA in Counseling Psychology.
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Steve Royce
Building and Grounds Associate
Steve plays an important role in the management of our new home. He is responsible for maintenance, grounds, building management, site liaison, etc.
A Powderhorn resident and former carpenter, contractor, and handyman he has made the move to our space much smoother!
Kayla Sloane
Secondary Educator
Kayla will be working with our middle school and high school youth. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has been working in a community development nonprofit in Nicaragua for the last year. She is passionate about creating educational pathways for youth in a community development setting and has jumped right in at Banyan!
Hey Banyan! 2016 Series Wraps Up 
Connect, Learn, and Share
Article ImageWe recently wrapped up a successful 3 part series of events designed to bring together people interested in learning more about the research behind the work of Banyan.
Topics included: Asset Based Community Development, Grit and Resilience, and Collective Efficacy.
Stay tuned for details on the 2017 Hey Banyan! Series.
Banyan Board of Directors
Banyan's Board of Directors is an active and engaged group ready to connect with you about resources for Banyan's future. Feel free to contact us.
Banyan Board:
Brian Provost, Chair
Sheila Jones, Vice Chair
Sue Jensen, Secretary
Dan Farley, Treasurer
Justin Hanratty
Trevor Knight
Barry Lieske
Lisa Mauer
Ayo Olawole
Mark Schulze
David Tynes
Mike Wilczynski
Support Banyan Online
Banyan now accepts donations online! This is a convenient and secure way to support the work of Banyan. Give it a try!
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Remarks from Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Maricruz, Banyan Family Advocate and Banyan Parent
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"Naomi and I work closely with Banyan families to strengthen the family and build community.  Our families are the pillars of this community, and we have the privilege of knowing them all.
I spoke at the ground breaking ceremony and I am honored to speak again today- less than a year later to realize a dream come true!  Today, my voice is representing the many families and staff of Banyan- all unique and beautiful in their own ways.  Our families are strong, our staff is talented, and we are all very excited about our new home. 
Already we feel ownership of this home as we helped to design it. I remember when the building was under construction this winter and the Community Council toured the building and had our first meal here- without walls or heat, but it was the best meal ever!  A meal shared knowing it will be the first of many.  We look at this home and see many opportunities for our children, for ourselves, and also for our neighbors.  We see dreams coming true, our children graduating from high school and college, our families working together as a community, and our futures that are bright because of the relationships we have with Banyan. 
We are so grateful for a beautiful home, right here in our own neighborhood for our youth and families to grow and be strong.  We are blessed and know that it has been the hard work of many, including our founding families that have given sacrificially to help to make this a reality- and we say 'Thank you to God and to all!'"
The Wait is Over!
Banyan Brings in More Youth and Families
Article ImageBanyan's waiting list started in 2010 when we reached physical capacity in our leased building. Finally, in our new home, we welcome more youth to after school programs!.
Laura has been waiting to get her fourth grade son- Christopher, and third grade daughter, Isabella into Banyan for four years.  Laura, a block club leader, added her children to the waitlist for after school programs when her daughter was in Kindergarten.  This month she filled in the forms to formally enroll both her kids.  “This is what I have been waiting for- for a long time!  We are so happy for this day!”  Her children are very excited as well, as they attended several meetings at Banyan but did not know until recently that they were accepted.  “When can we go to Banyan afterschool?” Christopher would ask his mom. He and his sister recently walked in the door with a BIG smile… FINALLY a Banyan Kid! 
Asset-Based Community Development 
(Part 2 of 4)
Tim Essenburg, Co-Founder of Banyan Community and Professor of Economics, Bethel University
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Part 1 of this series introduced the idea of focusing on assets rather than liabilities when doing community development. This begs the question, “What is community development?”
Community refers to a contiguous geographic space and the residents of that space. East Phillips, a community, is located inside an ecology of social systems (e.g., City Hall, corporate business and educational systems), where these systems both actively and passively are involved in its creation, sustainment, and (re)development. Individuals, families and groups in East Phillips do have agency and determination. However, the degree of agency is inextricably linked to the larger systems of life and the access to other assets.
Development has to do with the increase ownership of and access to various assets or capitals. Economists Ronald Ferguson and William Dickens identity five different capitals: 1) physical (e.g., cell phone, PC and car), 2) financial (e.g., checking account, access to credit, wealth), 3) human (formal education, experiences relevant to employment opportunities, skills sets, and character), 4) political (ability to join others and get your voice heard in the political arena so that your group can influence and/or make decisions), and 5) social (“norms, shared understandings, trust, and other factors that make relationships feasible and productive”), where productive is thought of in terms of “education, economic opportunity, and social mobility,” and addressing group concerns.
Ferguson and Dickens define community development as a process that fosters “capacity building both inside and outside of neighborhood boundaries [which] produces assets that improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents.” Long-time consultant on and analyst of economic development Sean Zielenbach writes that community development is the “improvement of economic conditions for existing residents and the re-integration of the neighborhood into the market system.” I agree with these ideas. And so we must keep in mind the components of community development—geographically-based place and people, assets and re-integration.
Part 3 will elaborate on social capital and the importance of alliances. 
Camp Games Come to Banyan Playground
And youth go GAGA!
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Gaga ball was introduced to Banyan youth at summer camp - a week of residential summer camp is a part of Banyan's programs and a highlight for our youth! Summer camp enhances Banyan’s work by providing new opportunities for youth to try new things, challenge themselves, learn new skills, learn appropriate risk-taking, gain independence and learn from positive role models.
Ga-ga ball (Hebrew: גע-גע‎‎ literally 'touch-touch') is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. The more players the better! 
At our new home, there is a permanent gaga ball pit on the playground - another resource in our physical education repertoire and a daily reminder of fun times at camp!
Community Movers
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Banyan staff did their job of packing and labeling boxes in our old space of 6,000 square feet at the Oliver Church building.  Then on Tuesday at 5pm, community members came to “move Banyan.”  This is our third move since 1998 when Banyan was incorporated. First from the Essenburg home to the Banyan House in 2000; that was just a few boxes and right next door.  Then in 2007 Banyan expanded to the Oliver Church to lease space around the block- that was more boxes.  Finally, in July 2016 Banyan moved to our permanent home on 13th Avenue (30,000 square feet) just a few blocks away.  This move is the most significant, as Banyan has grown to be a full size nonprofit. 
Each move depends upon community members making it happen.  Community members are the fuel that keeps our work relevant and accurate as a Christian Community Development Organization.  We are so grateful for the support and involvement of community members, from moving boxes to mowing lawns to building block clubs, to serving on the Community Council.  We could not do it without you!  Thank you so much for your integral part!
Back To School
Banyan Vans Have Expanded Role
Article ImageBanyan youth attend a variety of elementary and middle schools in the area. We work with families to find a school that best meets the needs of their children and ensure they are adequately prepared for high school and college.
St. Helena is one of our newer partner schools. They provide a robust K-8th grade experience for youth to ensure future success. This year, both Banyan vans (Bud and Bell) are full of St. Helena students in the morning and afternoon. This is a new role for our vans, and necessary since this school is just outside the bus range, but provides great outcomes for Banyan youth!

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