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Banyan Community

  • Banyan Community
  • 2529 13th Ave S
  • Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • (612) 722-8512
  • 1998

Program Description

The overall goals of Banyan are to:

  • Provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, engage in positive relationships with peers and adults, and have new experiences.
  • Provide academic support and accountability so that youth can succeed in school and college.
  • Create an environment of support around youth, through the encouragement and investment of the adults in the community.
  • Strengthen families by connecting them to resources and helping them to avert crisis.
  • Connect neighbors to each other so they can build a strong community.

All of Banyan Community's youth programs are based on community input and staff expertise, blended with the most current research on the assets and support that children need to develop a positive self-image, learn social and life skills, succeed in school, and ultimately overcome the cycle of generational poverty. Our comprehensive approach includes an intensive and sustained focus on academic preparedness in combination with the development of other critical assets that define college readiness: life skills, positive self-image, awareness of educational opportunities, family involvement and the support of the broader community.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Concordia College at Moorhead
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • DePaul University
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota-Rochester
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Yale University