Building Adult Leaders
Banyan parent and emerging community leader inspires all
There were several special moments during this year's Annual Banyan Dinner, but none as moving as Halima who spoke of her journey from teen immigrant to Banyan parent, leader of her neighborhood block club, and member of the Community Council.
Halima came to the United States from Somalia as a teenager, one of ten children who lived in a two bedroom apartment in the Phillips neighborhood. As strangers in a strange land, Halima's family was unfamiliar with the language, the customs, and in particular the weather! It was the welcome she received from the early Banyan Community and the relationships that provided support to her family.
She is now raising her family in the neighborhood and building leadership skills at Banyan. Her goal is to build relationships and create a safe place for neighbors to live and play. Much like what she experienced as a teen.
Halima expanded on two of the many reasons Banyan is important to her – trust in the staff who care for her children; and cultural safety as a Muslim welcomed to all activities and programs at Banyan.
The pathways Banyan creates for youth have her excited about the future for her kids into high school and even college!