Banyan Community

The Banyan Community Develops Youth, Strengthens Families & Creates Community

Banyan Community
Started in 1990 in a small house in the Phillips area by Tim and Joani Essenburg, the Banyan Community has grown from 25 children to 140 today- 100 of which are in K-8. When students go to Banyan after school, they get a well-balanced snack (some consider it a hot meal) and have access to computers, training classes, study time and a huge gymnasium for indoor sports activities. The Church of St. Edward provides financial as well as volunteer support for the Banyan Community’s mission. Our parish has been connected to and supported Banyan for many years now, knowing that Banyan kids are given the tools to become great community leaders.

Transformed Lives

Banyan is a Christian community development organization in which youth, family and community must be synchronized to achieve the greatest impact. YOUTH attend programs to succeed in school, build life skills, develop assets, and cultivate healthy relationships.

Banyan Community

Tyler and Abby, celebrating their high school graduation with Banyan’s help


FAMILY is strengthened with Banyan staff by bringing parents and children together. Parents learn how to advocate for their children. COMMUNITY is strongest when neighbors know each other and begin to care for each other. Banyan uses the Lighthouse Network of block clubs to build community.

“Since moving into the Phillips Neighborhood as a young child, Banyan has been my rock.” – a current college student

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High Graduation Rate: for the last ten years Banyan youth have been graduating high school at a rate of 100% (compared to the Minneapolis rate of 64%) and enrolling in college
Partnership:DeLaSalle has been a great partner, with 25 Banyan students enrolled there
High GPA: 86% of Banyan youth had a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Debt Free: There is no mortgage on the property; the $6 million to build the facility came from donations and prayer
Dedicated Staff: There are 30-40 paid staff
Feeding the Hungry: 100 kids eat at Banyan everyday
Contact: For information about the Banyan Community and how you can get involved in supporting this organization, contact Rich Peacha.