On today’s episode, we’re talking with Akile Banister, who started Banisters Leadership Academy in 2007 after he saw a need to help underserved youth in the Omaha area.

 

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On today’s episode of Just Biz, Omaha Style we’re talking with Akile Banister, president and CEO of Banisters Leadership Academy.

He started the academy in 2007 after losing two of his cousins, who were victims of gang violence. He saw a need to help underserved youth in the Omaha area. Banisters Academy offers programs in the classroom, after school, in the evening and on weekends.

It’s a need-based program, not income based, and they strive to support youth leaders academically and socially, while offering pathways to college or career.

“Nonprofit is a lifestyle. It’s a commitment. You’re really doing mission work,” said Akile.

With nonprofit work, there is an emotion and attachment that you have with the mission.

Listen to the full podcast to hear Akile talk about:

• What he wishes he knew about nonprofits when he started
• What skills students can learn
• An example of a success story
• How beliefs, behaviors and habits can transform a business

Listen to the full podcast in the audio player above or the timestamps below to jump to a specific section.

Key Topics:

1:51 – Meet Akile
2:43 – What he wishes he had known
4:02 – New locations
6:38 – How students get involved and what life skills they learn
8:23 – Success story
9:42 – Working on the business vs. in the business
11:46 – Developing skills
12:49 – Learning from failure
14:28 – Mentors and coaches
16:25 – Beliefs, behaviors and habits
18:14 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs
19:21 – Volunteering with and donating to Banisters
20:15 – Banisters biggest need

 

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“Nonprofit is a lifestyle. It’s a commitment. You’re really doing mission work.” – Akile Bannister

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