Youth Staff Training
Helping Youth Develop Youth
Banyan has the most amazing engine of part time youth staff members who create a strong, positive force to ensure that our elementary kids SHINE! Our youth staff are primarily high school and college youth, many of whom grew up at Banyan. Some of our youth staff are also LEAD fellows from Augsburg University.
We host staff training days throughout the year to equip staff and ensure quality. Tips are provided such as “stay calm even when youth are getting upset” to help kids de-escalate or “notice the positive things” to encourage youth and recognize the great job they are doing. At a recent youth staff training, attendees mapped answers to the question “What is my purpose as a Banyan employee?” The answers included: Be Present, Lead, Serve, Communicate, Advocate for Youth and Families, Be a Role Model, Help, Guide from the Side, Anchor, Understand the Kids, Learn with Them, Teach Them about Life, Have Fun, Help and Assist, and Educate. Embodying these answers will not only help Banyan programs but will serve our youth throughout their lives!