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Our Programs

Strengthening youth and families through leadership

Banisters Leadership Academy provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of our youth and families. All of our programs are evidence-based and have great impact on our participants.

Our program's foundation of leadership is rooted in the 12 Pillars of Leadership. These pillars are incorporated into every aspect of programs and services.

We build leadership skills...

Banisters Leadership Academy’s Youth Programs

  • Leadership in Action
  • Night LIFE (Leadership in a Fun Environment)
  • Banisters Leadership Academy Mentoring Program
  • Goal Setters Program
  • Juvenile Justice Leadership Program
  • Employment Internships & Experiential Learning Program

Banisters Leadership Academy’s Family Programs:

  • Juvenile Justice Family Navigator Program
  • Family University

Program Snapshots

Leadership in Action is a program that occurs in school, during school hours. Students referred from the counselors participate in personal development with BLA staff. Staff facilitate leadership programming, monitor academic achievement, behaviors and implement goal setting for students.

Night LIFE is an after-school program that occurs from 6:00-10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays. It includes leadership development, activities for youth empowerment, peer mentoring and career pathway is planning for our middle and high school students.

The Goal Setters is BLA’s mentoring program that matches students with BLA staff and select adult community mentors. The program implements the evidence-based Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring model from the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.

The Juvenile Justice Family Navigator Program works with families of court-involved youth to help them navigate the juvenile justice system and engage their children in positive programs. This program provides alternatives to detainment and probation.

Family University provides parents and guardians with programs that provide the tools for financial stability. This includes financial literacy, homeownership preparedness, and parenting classes as well as resource referrals and quarterly family engagement outings.

Y2M is a free summer program hosted by Banisters Leadership Academy for students going into 8th – 12th grades. We will provide food, fun, a stipend, and a wide range of daily activities that will inspire youth to aim higher while teaching them the values that great leaders possess.