Every child in Nebraska is a leader, whether at home, at school, or in the community.

Since 2007, Banister’s Leadership Academy has operated with one cohesive vision: Turn Leaders into Legends! Banister’s was founded by Akile and Jennifer Banister after Mr. Banister’s cousins, Kentril and Tyrone Banister, were both brutally murdered in North Omaha. Our mission of strengthening youth and their families with enrichment, empowerment, and extended academic success provides Nebraska youth with a safe and positive learning environment that molds these youthful leaders into legendary leaders and members of their community.

Last year, Banister’s Leadership Academy helped over 1000 youth and their families begin the road to preventing unwanted outcomes from becoming a reality.

Armed with the skills needed to become legends to their families, friends and co-workers, these youth become resources who enrich others, are academically successful, and are productive members of society.

Champion a Leader

We’ve accomplished a great deal, but there is still much we need to do to improve the lives of these leaders and their families in Nebraska. We invite you to help make a difference by championing a leader! With your support, we can help even more children in our community. Please consider one of the following donation levels:

The Price of Leadership

The cost of BLA programming per child is $150 per year or $12.50 per month.


  • All Youth Empowerment Programs for BLA Calendar Year
  • Enrollment into Leadership Support Mentoring Program
  • Meals, Snacks & Regularly Scheduled Activities
  • BLA T-Shirt
  • Invitations to special field trips and events

Click the Donate button now to change the course of a young person’s life.