Banyan Community is rooted in the Phillips Neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community.
Banyan Community began as an idea, when founders Tim and Joani Essenburg moved into the Phillips neighborhood in 1990. The Essenburgs are committed to seeing their community change through the gifts, leadership and vision of the residents themselves.
Banyan is a 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.
- FAMILIES are strengthened with Banyan staff by bringing parents and children together. Parents learn how to advocate for their children.
- A strong COMMUNITY exists when neighbors know each other and begin to care for each other. The Lighthouse Network is Banyan’s brand of community building through block clubs.
For information and how you can get involved in supporting this organization visit the Banyan Community webpage.