The Banyan Community Develops Youth, Strengthens Families & Creates 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.
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.
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
For information and how you can get involved in supporting this organization visit the Banyan Community webpage.
For more information, or to volunteer contact Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.