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Baking Bright Futures at Cookie Cart:

You might be familiar with Cookie Cart’s delicious cookies, but Cookie Cart is so much more than just a bakery, it is an employment and training program located in North Minneapolis that provides teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills. Through a combination of hands-on work experience, classroom job skills training, formal customer service education, skills certification and financial literacy, young people gain the tools they need to become successful, self-reliant adults. For more on Cookie Cart’s impact check out our website and for regular updates about what is going on go to our Facebook page.

Cookie Cart’s Programming
As a place of success, Cookie Cart’s impact is reflected in the young people that show up each week. At any given time, 50 to 75 youth take part in after school and summer “hands on” experiential employment and classroom-based training focused on “soft skills” needed to find and keep employment. In 2012, Cookie Cart will provide over 20,000 hours of paid youth employment and training for 140 teens making it the largest year-round employer of teenagers on the north side of Minneapolis.

Earn as you learn is the philosophy that offers young people the opportunity to gain job-readiness skills, employment experience and proficiency certification while making a modest wage. Focusing on building real-world skills and competencies, Cookie Cart is driven by its mission, not sales. We offer a positive learning environment that cannot be matched by any profit-driven enterprise. Supervisors are teachers, and teaching takes priority over cookie production. Mistakes are treated as learning opportunities, and all lessons are given in the context of how things will work at traditional jobs.

Support, hope and a safe haven for neighborhood kids are the concepts that Cookie Cart was founded on when in the early 1980’s Sister Jean Thuerauf who lived and served in North Minneapolis, recognized a need to get young people off the streets away from gangs and crime. She invited the neighborhood’s youth into her home for help with schoolwork and to learn to bake cookies. Eventually, so many showed up that they no longer fit in her small kitchen. In 1988, her vision of a safe, secure engaging place for neighborhood youth was formalized as Cookie Cart moved to the heart of North Minneapolis on West Broadway Avenue. Today, Cookie Cart is a leading youth development program, having positively impacted thousands of teenagers over it 30 year history – propelling them forward to lead positive and prosperous lives.

Cookie Cart’s impact is growing. Our dream is to triple the number of youth employment and training hours by 2015. Join our efforts to reach out to even more young people and give them the hope for their future. Find out more on our website and become one of the many who are working to create a world with Good Cookie Karma.


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