Our Initiatives

Since its inception, Banister’s Leadership Academy has been committed to strengthening children and families through our three Initiatives of Enrichment, Empowerment, and Extended Academic Success. Each initiative project, services, and mentoring opportunities change the lives of the families we serve.

The first step in becoming a legend is to enrich oneself with the knowledge, skill and ability to know how to lead, when to follow and when to serve. Second, you must demonstrate your leadership with empowerment at any time in any situation when you must to lead, follow, and serve. Third, you must remain dedicated to life-long learning. Banister’s three key initiatives, Enrichment, Empowerment, and Extended Academic Success initiatives are the perfect choices that lead to legendary leadership.

The importance of education cannot be overstated. With Extended Academic Success projects, we provide youth with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be life-long learners.

Enrichment: The Foundation of Leadership

Banister’s Enrichment programs provide the foundation of self-sufficiency and self-awareness to become legendary leaders in the community. These workshops enrich youth with leadership, life and social skills enabling them to becoming valuable assets and effective leaders in society. BLA Leadership in Action 101 curriculum also enriches the lives of their families with community connections, resources and additional services. BLA’s Leadership in Action 101 aims to extend academic successes through character learning that ensures the participants successfully plan, manage and implement leadership skills in a community, as well as in an academic setting.

Empowerment: Practicing to Perform

Our Teen Empowerment initiatives take youth off the streets after school and on the weekends when acts of mischief, crime, or violence can occur. Younger youth, who are eager to grow up, are especially vulnerable. Banister’s Teen Empowerment projects, the Youth Advocacy Leadership Boards, The Night L.I.F.E.(Leadership in Fun Environment) and the Levels of Leadership Support provide strong role models and guidance as youth develop. We foster individual leadership styles to help youth understand human relations issues and to discover their role and responsibilities in the classroom, community and workplace.

Throughout their journey, youth will examine and share their personal values, traditions and beliefs while working together to create a healthy community. Youth will learn about themselves and each other to create a deeper understanding, awareness, and knowledge of how to articulate issues of difference such as, race, culture, faith, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation and class. In addition to these valuable life skills, youth also earn a renewed sense of confidence, and will be able to identify and confront the biases, prejudices, and deep-rooted issues that may emerge in their student, personal and professional lives.

Extended Academic Success: Being Self-Sufficient One Diploma at a Time!

The importance of education cannot be overstated. With Extended Academic Success projects, we provide youth with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be life-long learners. Youth who attend continually focus on their education when school is out and throughout the summer months. Each project focuses on the major outcome education can bring to young people: good jobs, productive relationships and the opportunities to become productive and contributing community members.