Banyan Buzz
May, 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
Hey Banyan!
Wednesday, May 18
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Mortenson Construction
700 Meadow Lane N
Annual Banyan Dinner
Sunday, October 30
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Banyan Community Center
2529 13th Ave S
Follow the Project
Banyan Instagram
Article ImageGet the latest look at the progress on the Banyan Instagram page.
Banyan Block Club Leaders Monthly Meeting
How are 911 calls prioritized?
Article ImageAt this month's Lighthouse Network Block Club Leaders meeting, Maryam Williams from the City of Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center will shed light on 911 priorities.
Block Club Leaders are trained by Banyan in the methods of community development AND the Minneapolis Police Department in neighborhood safety.
Block Leaders play a big role on the 32 organized blocks in Banyan Community in building community and increasing safety.
Hey Banyan!
Grit and Resilience -
a must for urban youth
Article ImageJoin us for the second in our Hey Banyan! series on Wednesday, May 18th to connect, learn, and share.
The series is intended to be an informal opportunity to learn more about the work and impact of Banyan Community.
Sam Olson, Program Director, will share insight on what urban youth need to be successful in life. Specifically, emotion management, empathy, team work, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving.
Parent Session
AntiSocial Behavior - Bullying
Article ImageBanyan had record attendance at a recent parent session focused on the topic of bullying. It is a topic that recieves national attention, it is happening at schools, on the bus to and from school, and in after school programs.
Banyan is not immune to antisocial behavior. We have a high standard for behavior and teach kids they have choices in responding to conflict - let it go, fix it, or get help.
The parent session focused on the role parents play in helping kids understand bullying, talk about bullying, and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
At the request of parents, there will be another session that will include more conversation, more active and reflective listening. Banyan parents are engaged and key to the transformation.
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!
Milestones Achieved
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High School graduation is a mile marker in our community - and a very important one, but not the last one! Our high school seniors are all set to enter college in the fall. Banyan is proud our high school seniors graduate at 100%, but what is even more impressive is they continue that journey on into college. Our six seniors will join our current 30 college students in making their way toward yet another graduation.   
Each year during the season of graduation celebrations, our entire community of mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, grandparents and cousins celebrate this accomplishment. We celebrate together because we portray the vision for our own children onto the lives of those that are graduating this year to remind us of the destination. Graduation preparation is a journey that begins in elementary school, where we work closely with youth and parents to create a pathway of to success. Our community centerpiece is our high school graduates of whom we are all very proud. Congratulations Graduates!  And may God’s blessing dwell richly in your lives as you continue on your journey.  
Business Leaders Breakfast
Dr. Bill McGuire talks hope and leadership
Article ImageThank you to all the business leaders who joined us for the Business Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.
It was a sunny spring day that both inspired and highlighted how together, we can build bridges to 1st generation business leaders.
Rey, class of '16, shared his story of growing up in Banyan and how that has shaped his future. At the breakfast he referenced the 7 college acceptance letters he'd received. We are proud to announce that Rey selected the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Go Gophers!
Dr. Bill McGuire was introduced by Rey, an avid fan and captain of his high school soccer team. Dr. McGuire shared thoughts on hope, leadership, and the future of soccer in Minnesota. He stressed the importance of education and applauded the results of the work of Banyan.
Joani shared how as leaders we are artists, we are way finders, and we are here for a time such as this. She shared many examples of these attributes at work in Banyan every day - ensuring successful outcomes for youth, families, and community. 
Thank you to the event sponsors for making it possible - US Bank, Lockton Companies, Frana Companies, Hanratty, Faegre Baker Daniels, Oakfish Foundation, Brent and Kristin Robbins, Northern Con Agg, vidscrip, Anchor Bank, Deloitte, JNBA Financial Advisors, ThreeBridge, Sunrise Banks, and Mark and Ann Schulze.
Leadership Is.....
Reflections of Banyan youth
Article ImageBanyan elementary youth were asked to share their thoughts on leadership and the traits of a good leader. They are wise beyond their years - Enjoy!
Brick Walls
Banyan Building Update
Article ImageThis brick wall represents stability, opportunity and success. Banyan bricks build families and community. We are at 70% completion with less than 60 days until occupancy! The excitement is building.  The construction site is a flurry of activity with the brick, stone, and cement work on the exterior and the paint, flooring and finishing’s in the interior. Insite Architects and Frana Companies are excellent partners as well as the many subcontractors.  Between community members, donors, finance partners, and workers, the Banyan building has brought together well over a thousand people already and we have yet to open our doors! And open our doors we will with a ribbon cutting in August!  The spirit of Banyan is already in the building with a design that echoes our values of relationship building with youth, families, and community.  We can’t wait to show you! 
Minnesota Lynx Visit
Read to Achieve
Article ImageMinnesota Lynx MVP Sylvia Fowles and Natasha Howard brought the Book Mobile to Banyan!
The youth each picked out a book with the help of the players, had it signed by Prowl and posed for pictures.
The Lynx and Timberwolves demonstrated their committment to reading and Banyan Community! It was a fun afternoon spent perusing books, talking hoops, and hanging out with friends.
WOW! That's Engineering
Middle School Girls Explore
Article ImageSeveral Banyan girls took part in the annual hands-on engineering day hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.
The girls explored a variety of engineering concepts and experienced the creativity and innovation that occurs in the engineering and technology fields while:
  • Making a bath scrub - which has recieved rave reviews from the girls and their moms!
  • Putting together squishy circuits
  • Building simple machines to carry out simple tasks (photo)
  • Creating brilliant bracelets like an industrial engineer
Banyan starts conversations on career options with all middle school youth, so the opportunity to partake in hands-on activities, meet women engineers and technologists, and hear first-hand about these exciting career paths is a popular event every year!  
School's Cool
Ensure Banyan Youth are Ready to Start School
Article ImageThis school year is just wrapping up, but the School's Cool team is in full swing for the next school year!
St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community spearheads the initiative to equip every Banyan youth (kindergarten through high school) with a FULL backpack and uniform (where applicable) at the start of each school year.
It all starts with a backpack, uniform, and school supplies.
Banyan kids work hard and are supported by their parents and the Banyan programs – but also by YOU! By enabling kids to begin each school year prepared with uniforms, backpack and school supplies, you have partnered in their success.
It really does make a difference that year after year Banyan kids walk into their classroom prepared and ready to go. Years and years of this add up to—GRADUATION. 
Click here for more information on the School's Cool program.
Seniors Declare College Decisions
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!”
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