Save the Date: Sunday, November 11
Come Celebrate 20 years of Transformation
If you've been to the dinner in the past, come again - we work hard to keep it fresh and exciting.
If you've never been - why not? Our brand of holistic community development has a long history of success and proven outcomes. Come get a closer look at the transformation happening in the Phillips neighborhood.
$75 per person
$600 for a table of 8
Highlights from Summer Camp
Another Opportunity for Growth
Memories from summer camp are some of the best for Banyan kids. Kids are eligible for camp the summer after 3rd grade. For the 3rd-5th graders it is a traditional summer camp experience that includes horseback riding, ziplines, tubing behind a boat, campfires, group games, sleeping in a cabin, crafts, etc.
Banyan middle school and college youth have a slightly different camp experience - they spend a week canoeing! The experience creates opportunities for youth to lead and support one another in an unpredictable wilderness setting, facilitates the formation of a group identity during the trip, and gives youth the opportunity to challenge themselves. Here are a few thoughts from the middle schoolers after camp:
- “MORAL SUPPORT!!!! We have to choose to encourage one another. Otherwise we will all be miserable.” Angelica
- “I loved getting to know people in a way that I never would of at Banyan.” Ja’Mirrah
- “My highlight was all the jokes we created with one another on the trip.” Brian
- “I didn’t want to steer at first. The canoe is big and it seemed scary. But after a short period, I realized that it wasn’t too scary to steer and I actually enjoyed the leadership opportunity.” Mayra
Overall, youth pushed past their comfort zone, were challenged in unexpected ways, and accomplished much more than they ever anticipated! #Goals achieved!
GEN Children's Charity Open
Event Breaks Records!
The 2018 GEN Children's Charity Open broke previous records of support raised at the bi-annual event....this year for Banyan! Thank you to the sponsors, donors, and golfers who made the event a success.
Together we raised over $100,000 to celebrate Banyan's first 20 years and fuel future growth! In addition, we made lots of new friends and shared the Banyan story.
Middle School Youth Build Boomboxes
Out of an Ice Cream Pail?
This summer, each Banyan middle school youth turned a gallon ice cream bucket into a personal boom box! Banyan youth and staff ate a lot of ice cream in preparation for the Tronix Team to spend a week at Banyan.
The Tronix Team’s mission is to provide students with exciting, relevant hands-on projects. All of the projects meet Next Generation Science Standards and Minnesota State Academic Science Standards.
Banyan strives to help eliminate the achievement gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by providing this type of hands-on electronic project.
Through a curiosity sparked by Tronix, many Banyan youth have been inspired to pursue an engineering-related career. Special thanks to the Tronix Team for their support and guidance.
Day Away Retreat
Families Enjoy a Day at the Lake
Every summer busses and vans are loaded with Banyan youth, families, and staff who travel to Lake Rebecca (in the Three Rivers Park District) for a day away. Our gathering celebrates summer and community at the lake. What could be more Minnesotan?
The Day Away Retreat allows families to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, spend time with neighbors, build relationships with one another, and participate in new positive experiences.
Memories were made playing camp games, sharing a BBQ meal, swimming, canoeing, playing volleyball and badminton, and paddleboating. A first for many!
Back to School
Banyan Equips Kids for the Classroom
The start of a new school year is full of excitement and promise - a fresh start with new goals and dreams. Banyan youth are ready for success! They are ready to be leaders in the classroom after a summer of enrichment, and they have all the school supplies on the list.
We are grateful for the partnership with St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community that coordinates filling backpacks for Banyan youth.
This year we handed out over 140 backpacks overflowing with supplies. Many of our youth also received uniforms. School's Cool!
Water Parks, Beaches, and Pools - Oh My!
Data suggests that swimming opportunities are much less available and less utilized by minority populations, especially in inner-city urban areas.
Cool Off Days (our summer program) includes a day each week in the water. We visit all kinds of swimming opportunities - lakes, pools, and water parks. Through exercise, outdoor time, friendship-building, and expanded experiences, water activities are another way that Banyan creates transformation.
This summer, the favorite was the water park with the two-story water slide and multiple diving boards! Banyan youth love to try new things!
Eating Smart, Being Active
University of Minnesota Extension
A 6 week parent/child cooking class was recently held at Banyan. The weekly interactive classes focused on family meals and movement. Families learned how to save dollars at the grocery store and prepare healthy, tasty meals that will become family favorites. Movement and exercise were also included as a part of developing a healthy lifestyle.
Each lesson started with parents and kids preparing a meal to share. Then parents and kids met separately. During that time discussions about the meal's nutritional value, making good food choices, incorporating exercise, shopping and meal planning occurred.
Spending time together in the kitchen is quality time that isn't often available to families. This course helped kids AND parents see the value of time spent together making a meal, and how it is so much more than making a meal.
We've heard stories of an increased confidence in youth to cook and experiment in the kitchen, an increased willingness to try new foods (especially vegetables!), and stronger connections formed between parents and teenagers.
National Night Out
Celebrated on 20 blocks in Phillips
National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors
as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.
Banyan does National Night Out in grand fashion! This year our 34 Lighthouse Network blocks hosted 20 parties that included food, games, and hospitality. Minneapolis Police and/or Fire joined many of the parties, furthering the valuable relationship they have with our community.
"We really appreciate Banyan's help in providing so much for the event. It was very generous and helps to make it happen. Thanks." Tamara, Lighthouse Network Block Club Leader