Banyan Buzz
November, 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 one way of bringing you into the center of our conversations to celebrate with us. Enjoy!
Joani Essenburg, Co-Founder & Executive Director
New Staff Intros
More Youth = More Staff 
As we welcome more youth and families, we welcome staff to grow with us.
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Santhi Sheehan joins us as an AmeriCorp Promise Fellow working with our middle shool and high school youth. She ensures that youth are attending school and engaging in academics as well as watching over their social and emotional growth. Santhi brings experience from Minnesota, Nicaragua, and India and is fluent in Spanish. She is passionate about youth success.
Madeline Bland joins us as a Program Associate working with elementary youth. She is a Bethel University student pursuing a degree in social work. She is bilingual in Spanish/English and brings a wealth of experience in experiential education. 
Timi Bliss joins Banyan as a Development Associate. She brings experience to Banyan in database management and creative expression. Her enthusiasm for Banyan is contagious.
We have an awesome team of four bilingual receptionists trained in hospitality and ready to welcome all who enter Banyan. They are all communty residents, fully vested in the neighborhood. Photo features Melisa Belfrey. Additional receptionists: Geissell Figueroa, Imelda Riera, and Hany Wahila 
Stormy Johnson is our Soul Food Server. She serves a warm, hearty, nutritious, delicious, snack to youth (families and staff too) everyday with a smile and love. Stormy is a Banyan parent and community resident.
Strengthening Families
Home Visit Season
Article ImageOnce the school year is underway, our Community Coordinator and Family Advocate meet in person with every Banyan family for a home visit. It is a highlight for families and the schedule fills up fast!
Families are so excited to spend time at Banyan's new home, many of these visits are taking place here this year!
Each visit is focused on asset-development and results in goals for the family. As families participate in Banyan we form a team/partnership and together learn how to advocate for children and address needs in our community. Parents share ideas and concerns, and staff repond with suggestions to address and work towards solutions.
The hundreds of hours it takes to conduct home visits results in over 3,000 connections linking families to resources and are the key to strengthening Banyan families!
NHS Induction
Banyan Represented!
Article ImageFive Banyan youth were inducted into the Natinonal Honor Society (NHS) during the November ceremony at DeLaSalle High School.
Inductees are 11th and 12th graders with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and were selected based on their service to school, service to community, leadership, and personal character. The selection committee included one teacher from each academic department and is assisted by the Principal, NHS advisors, and school counselors.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar
Give to the Max Day
Thursday, Nov 17th
Support MN nonprofits doing great work!
Thursday, Nov 24th
Blessings to you and your family!
Banyan Year End
Saturday, December 31
Help spread the word about the impact Banyan is having in the Phillips neighborhood to help ensure we end the year strong!
Your financial support keeps programs running without interruption, and allows Banyan to grow.
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 March Mauer
Mark Schulze
David Tynes
Mike Wilczynski
Give to the Max Day
The tradition continues
Article ImageStarting in 2009, Minnesotans have come together to support the work of local nonprofits and create excitement for the organizations they are passionate about.
Your generosity goes far beyond this 24 hour period - thank you!
Every hour of today, November 17th, your gift has the potential to be increased by $1,000 or even $10,000! All donations made today will be entered into a drawing for a Golden Ticket or a Super-Sized Golden Ticket.
Click here to support Banyan and be entered into the drawing for Golden Tickets!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Banyan Shares Thankful Hearts
Article ImageWe have so much to be thankful for this year at Banyan and made a list of some of the many things that come to mind as we pause and give thanks:
  • You and your support of Banyan - through your gifts and talents 
  • Our new home (built and paid for!)
  • New youth and families finally able to join Banyan
  • The Banyan families
  • Our partners that work alongside us
  • Banyan staff that make a difference everyday
  • Our community and block clubs
Blessings to you and your family during this Thanksgiving hoilday!
Asset-Based Community Development
(Part 3 of 4)
Tim Essenburg, Co-Founder of Banyan Community and Professor of Economics, Bethel University
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In Part 2 you may recall that I introduced five different assets or capitals, the last of which was social capital, defined as the “norms, shared understandings, trust, and other factors that make relationships feasible and productive,” where productive is thought of in terms of “education, economic opportunity, and social mobility,” and addressing group concerns.
The choice of social capital to be the last asset listed was purposeful. This is because relationships matter in life. Social capital makes possible the increased ownership of or access to the others. Economist Glenn Loury offers this insight: “Whom you know affects what you come to know and what you can do with what you know.” If a network is a “collection of potential team members who are connected already through chains and webs of acquaintanceship,” we can see that social capital is more than a network [Ferguson and Stoutland]. Of course, social capital must be galvanized to do any good. This is accomplished when people within a network demonstrate a “willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good” of the individual and community.[1] Social capital can be of the binding and bridging sort, where binding strengthens the existing “insider groups” social capital and bridging builds social capital with “outsiders,” often in the form of an alliance, something necessary for community development to occur.
An alliance, a form of bridging social capital, is a “team formed of network members to fulfill some purposes” where the success of an alliance depends upon trust, capacity, self-interest and power [Ferguson and Stoutland]. Typically, we link trust with motive. But trust also encompasses competence, dependability and collegiality. The capacity of an alliance depends on its ownership of and access to the various capitals. Because alliances are comprised of interdependent members, it must be kept in mind that each member will have its own values, interests and concerns.
The final part in the series (Part 4) introduces the four-levels of community development.
[1] Sampson et al [1997, p. 277] define social efficacy “ as social cohesion among neighbors combined with their willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good.” I’ve borrowed the second half of this definition to help us understand that social capital needs to be activated for it to do good.
Annual Dinner
Rooted in our Community. Growing our Future.
Article ImageOn Sunday, October 30th, we hosted our Annual Dinner in our new home. Over 200 hundred of our friends and supporters joined us for a behind the scenes look at the new space and our programs.
Highlights of the evening included a progressive dinner by CRAVE, searching for the stamps
to complete your passport (with the
possiblity of a prize!), mingling
with Banyan high school youth and
staff, and raising money for Banyan!
Bridget, a Banyan mom and college student, shared stories of the gifts Banyan brings to her and her family. She inspired us all and brought tears of joy and pride to many in the audience!
The evening truly was a partnership of our supporters and our community members as we close the opportunity gap. Thank you for joining us and ensuring we reached our goal for the evening!
Laundry Club Opens
New Programming!
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The Laundry Club punch cards go on sale December 1st to Banyan families! Community Council met to set the guidelines for the club - hours, pricing, and practices for the three washers and three dryers in our new home. Banyan members will be able to do their laundry on site, capturing the time usually spent in laundromats, to engage at Banyan.  
Adults can get their laundry done while kids are in school or Banyan programs, they are able to join with youth for a hearty snack, read by the fireplace, volunteer, or work on their homework in the conference room. We look forward to being productive together!
It's in the Mail
Banyan Annual Report
Article ImageWe are excited to share our 2015-2016 Annual Report with you! The report is a reflection on the accomplishments and highlights from the year. It contains stories of impact, statistics of the neighborhood and Banyan, and photos.
Please take a moment to read it over and celebrate the 2015-2016 year with us.
Every year since the beginning of Banyan in 1998, we have operated in the black. Let's do it again in 2016!
Art Workshop
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
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For 18 years Banyan has hosted an annual Art Workshop with artist Anne Brink. Middle school youth come togther over the MEA break to create art around a central theme.
This year our theme is “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”  from Psalm 139.  Youth worked on an individual canvas that described the “I AM” statement of who they are and who they want to become, in addition to working on a group banner around the theme. Each artist also writes an 'artist statement' that describes why they painted the canvas in the way that they did. Thoughtful perspectives are shared!
This complete collection goes on tour around the metro and is displayed at churches and work places. If you are interested in coordinating an installation of the collection, please contact us to make arrangements. 
Apples and Pumpkins
Banyan Tradition Continues
Article ImageApples and Pumpkins is one of Banyan's most popular Gatherings. 
Parents schedule time off work, college kids ensure they are home and available to participate, and youth turn in the permission slip with glee.
The build up and preparation are worth it as busses, vans, and cars load up and caravan to the orchard for a fun filled day. The mild fall weather made for an even more enjoyable experience.
Picking apples and pumpkins together builds community. Relationships are formed and deepened on the hayride, at the petting zoo, over lunch, and on the ride to and from the orchard.
Neighbors knowing neighbors, creating memories and tradition, in an urban community is what brings about transformation! And builds the social capital needed to sustain it.

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