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Students from the Banyan Community had an opportunity to tour Ecumen Prairie Lodge and learn about the various jobs available in senior housing.
The Banyan Community’s primary mission is to help youth go to college, graduate and succeed as adults. The program works with youth of all ages in the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, providing opportunities to gain leadership skills and experience. The Banyan Community’s philosophy centers on students succeeding through connection and engagement within their communities.
A panel of Ecumen Prairie Lodge staff gave insight into their roles within Ecumen. Panel members also told of their educational paths and years of experience. Employees encouraged students to find their passion through volunteerism and involvement in their communities.
With the ever-growing need for employees in senior housing, visits like these are crucial. “The population of older adults who will need assistance is growing and will continue to grow,” said Prairie Lodge Housing Manager, Janelle Meyers. “These visits help plant seeds in a young person’s mind about what the diverse career possibilities associated with the field of aging are. We need to get young people interested in a career in aging services because we will always need people to care for people.”
Not only was the visit important to Ecumen Prairie Lodge, but students also enjoyed their time. One student remarked, “I really want to help people and it seems like I would love it there.”
To learn more about Banyan Community and their mission, please visit http://www.banyancommunity.org.