Blog ARCHIVE

  • 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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  • (Part 4 of 4) The first three parts in the series introduced the concept of community development, assets or capitals (importantly social capital), and alliances. We can now bring these together in a four-level framework offered by Ferguson and Stoutland. Level one are the grassroots organizations without paid staff. A block club is a good […]

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  • (Part 3 of 4) In Part 2 you may recall that I introduced five different assets or capitals, the last of which was social capital, defined as the “norms, shared understandings, trust, and other factors that make relationships feasible and productive,” where productive is thought of in terms of “education, economic opportunity, and social mobility,” […]

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  • (Part 2 of 4) Part 1 of this series introduced the idea of focusing on assets rather than liabilities when doing community development. This begs the question, “What is community development?” Community refers to a contiguous geographic space and the residents of that space. East Phillips, a community, is located inside an ecology of social […]

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  • (Part 1 of 4) Joani and I were raised in the middle and upper-middle socioeconomic class. Because of this, the overwhelming impression after year one of living in East Phillips was that “everything is broken”— windows, cars, homes, streets, sidewalks, relationships, schools, employment, furniture, attitudes, policing. We were overwhelmed with the liabilities we saw, so […]

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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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