Angela and Daisy Find Banyan
Angela is a vibrant first grade girl, smiling and fully engaged in the activities at Banyan. Recently she was playing red light-green light in the gym giggling with her friends, following along with the rules of the game, and very comfortable being a part of the activity. This was not the case when Angela came to Banyan in September as a “new kid.”
At the beginning, Angela would shut down by hiding under tables, cry, and scream when she did not get her way. Now, Angela expresses her feelings with words instead of actions, easily shares toys, talks out issues with staff, and is eager to try new activities.
Daisy (Angela’s Mom) is also growing at Banyan. Within the first few months of Angela beginning in our after school program, Daisy participated in a home visit that lasted about two hours because there were so many positive things and possibilities to talk about. Daisy was amazed at the team approach at Banyan, first working with Jenny, the Elementary Educator, and Naomi, the Community Coordinator and Maricruz, the Family Advocate. The strong communication, supportive work, strategy and affirmation was a welcome change as a single mom. Banyan is working alongside Daisy to be sure that her and her daughter’s needs are being met.
Banyan’s impact is measured in outcomes, many of which are demonstrated in this story: socially and emotionally engaged with peers, feels safe at Banyan, youth feel support from adults other than parents, participates in home visits, make new friends, try new activities, etc.
It is a joy to collaborate with Daisy and Angela and welcome them to the Banyan Community.