BANISTERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Strengthening through Leadership

aka BLA   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.banistersacademy.org

Mission

Banister's Leadership Academy mission is to strengthen youth and their families through leadership

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mr. Akile Banister

Main address

PO BOX 4002

Omaha, NE 68104 USA

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Formerly known as

Akile L. Banister

EIN

51-0666677

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Leadership Development (W70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

North Omaha Youth Advocacy Leadership Board

Banister’s Leadership Academy will provide a safe andpositive environment to provide leadership materials and time to study the importance of being a leader. The mentors will focus on teaching mentees public speaking skills, computer literacy, planning events, phone etiquette, mock interviews, dressing for success, and motivating others. We are applying for the grant to be able to meet the standards of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.

Population(s) Served

Banister’s Leadership Academy will provide a safe and positive environment to provide leadership materials and time to study the importance of being a leader. The mentors will focus on teaching mentees public speaking skills, computer literacy, planning events, phone etiquette, mock interviews, dressing for success, and motivating others. We are applying for the grant to be able to meet the standards of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.

Population(s) Served

Banister’sLeadership Academy staff meets with youth currently serving time in DouglasCounty Youth Center; Banister’s Leadership Academy helps youth develop positiveself-esteem, self-control, and self-discipline through a series of activitiesincluding team building exercises, leadership exercises, and motivationexercises. BLA staff provides youth with insight, positive interactions, andpositive reinforcement to help the youth change and better them.

Population(s) Served

Cultural Field Trips: Youth will have the opportunity to attendfour cultural field trips which include: Love’s Jazz Arts Center, HistoricalTour of John Beasley Theater, Big Momma’s Kitchen, and Durham Western HeritageMuseum. Cultural Awareness: African culture connection is utilizing the MalcolmX Foundation’s knowledge and expertise in African American Culture. Leadership, Life, and Social Skills Tutorial:  During this tutorial youth will learn etiquette, public speaking skills, tips on making a successful entrepreneur, tips on how to be a successful student inhigh school, time management skills, and organizational skills. Leadership Forum:    This session will provide youthtime to debate and speak their mind about politics, social change, schoolviolence, gang violence, and other areas of interest. Self-Defense/Tae Kwon Do Tutorial: Tae Kwon Do teaches self-discipline, self-control, respect as well as responsibility, citizenship, compassion, respect, fairness, and trustworthiness. Dance Tutorial: Youth will have the opportunity to learn several types of dance including hip hop, African dance, ballet, jazz, step,and tap dance.

Population(s) Served

Banister’s Leadership Academy Youth Leadership AmbassadorCouncils is a youth program designed to teach youth effective communication, public speaking, etiquette, listening, understanding, to challenge others will out being physical, to live a healthy lifestyle, to learn how to lead themselves and others, and most importantly to work hard and strive for success. This initiative is to focus on the youth being successful now; in school, at home, and extracurricular activities. Youth will learn how to make important decisions, to be effective and efficient in all areas of their lives, to plan and prioritize, organize, and then to execute successful futures.  Youth Leadership Ambassador Councils willhave the opportunity to be involved in the Youth Leadership Ambassador Councils during the school week and after, youth will be invited to attend youth rallies, youth leadership conferences, leadership camps, and Banister’s Leadership Academy events. Banister’s Leadership Academy’s goal is strengthen school spirit, community spirit, and strengthen youth’s understanding of being a member of Banister’s Leadership Academy. The Youth Leadership AmbassadorCouncils will not only insert positivity in one person but positivity in acommunity of youth; who seek positive ambition and success.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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BANISTERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

4025949855 Christopher Reed

No Affiliation

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

4025949855 Amber Palmer

Icon Development Solutions

Term: 2012 -

Christopher Reed

Bellevue University, Buena Vista University, Iowa Western Community College

Amber Palmer

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Maggie Artis-Ulrich

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Matthew Speiker

Creighton Law School, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Damien Coran

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/6/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.