Co-Founders Tim and Joani Essenburg move into the Phillips neighborhood
Neighbors band together to form a block club to fight crime, and in turn, start caring for each other
Minneapolis is referred to as “Murderapolis” due to the record high murder rate
Neighbor kids meet at the Essenburg home on Thursday evenings for a Kids Club program
Banyan is born – filed as a 501 (c) 3 Non profit
Block club agrees to let Banyan purchase, renovate and rezone problem property (2528 16th) as a small community center
Nearby, 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards is shot by Bloods gang member at home while doing homework. The intended target was a Gangster Disciple.
After School Program begins at Banyan house, providing a safe place for kids to do homework
First DeLaSalle High School Graduate with Banyan’s Support
Banyan expands to nearby church, 2nd floor offices, gym space and classrooms.
Banyan formalizes by hiring more staff and reaching out to more kids and families
Space is maxed out and a waiting list begins. Banyan board develops a strategic plan to double in five years. Due diligence begins on building search and acquisition.
Land Purchase! Park Board voted unanimously to sell property to Banyan for our new permanent home.
Ground-breaking on a permanent home for Banyan! Construction began the fall of 2015 and will be completed in the summer of 2016.
Permanent home completed and Banyan moved in! Already started pulling kids off waiting list!