Author Archives Sue Riesgraf

  • Tim Essenburg, Banyan Scholar in Residence “Closing the Achievement Gap” is part and parcel of the written and verbal aspirations of the concerned citizens of the Twin Cities’ upper-middle and upper socioeconomic classes. And this is good, so far as it goes. The K – college educational gap between whites (considered to set the benchmark) […]

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  • Every year it seems like the school supplies show up in stores earlier and earlier! That works for the School’s Cool program (managed by St. Bartholomew Church) which prepares a fully loaded backpack for each Banyan youth, Kindergarten through High School – we are already in full swing for the fall. The most important thing that […]

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  • As the days get longer and the temperature rises, summer planning kicks into high gear at Banyan. Summertime is particularly challenging for youth and families in our urban neighborhood. Violence keeps our kids inside of homes, and lack of opportunities increase the achievement gap. But, Banyan youth and families have a different type of summer. […]

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  • Every summer middle school youth ‘go to work’, to learn about career opportunities and the education needed to get there. Banyan is intentional about helping youth discover career interests and building educational maps to achieve their goals. These site visits are a wonderful ‘hands on’ look at what it means to be an engineer, a […]

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  • The graduation ceremony is behind them, caps and gowns have been put away, diplomas are proudly displayed, and celebrations are numerous! The Banyan seniors are now college students and looking to the future. We couldn’t be more proud! Banyan youth graduate high school at 100%, but what is even more impressive is they continue that journey to college. These […]

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  • Registration is open for the 2016 Business Leaders Breakfast! We are excited to welcome Dr. Bill McGuire as our keynote speaker. Dr. McGuire’s commitment to community, neighborhood development and Minnesota soccer, coupled with his exemplary leadership skills have us very excited to welcome him to Banyan! Join other business and community leaders for an inspirational morning to […]

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  • The Power of Connections: Insight from a Banyan Supporter “One of the simplest, but most influential things, we can do is to make connections. I met the Banyan Community and realized that what they offered and needed were a match with what my home parish needed and could offer. Many people credit their education with the creation of meaning […]

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  • What a Remarkable Year! Here are some highlights beyond the every day living we do at Banyan: 10. Coach Jerry Kill keynotes the annual Business Leaders Breakfast! 9. Hosted 22 National Night Out parties for 32 block clubs! 8. Passed the 27th exemption for after school programs in both the House and Senate! 7. Met a […]

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  • Gratitude speaks to the fact that we have received good gifts and recognize that the source of these gifts are outside of ourselves. Gratitude describes the feelings we have at Banyan. Banyan has been the recipient of many gifts this year–  talents from our community members, youth that have applied themselves to their studies, staff that […]

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  • At the Annual Banyan Dinner, Sunday November 15th. Banyan is an innovation approach to transforming community rooted in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Our neighborhood is often known for its challenges: 50% of children live in poverty, unemployment is at 18%, and less than half of students graduate from high school. Banyan nurtures hope […]

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