Banister’s Leadership Academy mission is to strengthen youth and their families through empowerment, enrichment, and extended academic success. Focused on teaching youth leadership, life, and social skills in which they can plan, manage and organize a successful life.
Akile Banister, MSOM
President/CEO and Founder
There is a relatively small segment of true leaders in the business world—individuals who are able to build trust, relationships and rapport with almost anyone, and then are able to broker those relationships to create new connections, partnerships and alliances; who foster the motivational forward momentum to ‘get things done.’ Mr. Akile Banister is one of those people, and getting things done with driving results—through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships—as a President/CEO of Banister’s Leadership Academy, is what he is all about. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Mr. Banister radiates a sincere passion for helping the youth in his community.
Mr. Akile Banister has been working closely with disadvantaged youth since 1998, at the age of 16. He opened and operated Banister’s Tae Kwon Do Club, a small business formed to help inner city youth with life and social skills through Tae Kwon Do and mentoring. He has also helped developed youth programs in the North and South Omaha Communities. Mr. Banister has a strong passion for teaching youth life skills, which stems from the loss of two of his cousins to gang-related drive-by shootings. Unable to reach his two cousins in time to change the course of their lives, Mr. Banister now focuses his efforts on improving the lives of other young people in similar situations and preventing their lives from reaching a similar fate by training them to be legendary leaders in their own communities.
Banister’s Leadership Academy’s mission is to strengthen youth and their families through empowerment, enrichment, and extended academic success. Focused on teaching youth leadership, life, and social skills in which they can plan, manage and organize a successful life.
Mr. Banister earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and his B.A. from the University of Omaha, and has over 10 years of experience in non-profit management working with at-risk youth and disengaged young adults.
Prior to co-founding Banister’s Leadership Academy, Mr. Banister gained extensive experience working with both youth and adults, and has excelled in leadership positions at the YMCA, Wesley House, Heartland Family Services, and Communities in Schools.
Throughout it all, Mr. Banister has repeatedly proven his ability to lead through diverse and challenging circumstances. As the leader of a successful grassroots non-profit organization, he is an excellent change agent and has a documented track record of accomplishments that include the creation and launch of new and improved youth development programs, as well as growth and expansion of Banister’s Leadership Academy to affiliate sites in West Valley, Utah and Saint Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Banister is always seeking new opportunities to learn, grow, and help others become successful. As he has exceptional qualifications working across the entire youth development and disengaged adult and young adult field, it is challenging to put his skills in a box. But what is absolutely clear is that he has a great deal of value to offer to the youth and families in communities around the world. He is determined to continue achieving greater levels of success, and has no plan to stop “Turning Leaders into Legends.”