Groundbreaking Ceremony Recap

On June 29, more than 150 neighbors, friends, and supporters gathered to take a sneak peek at the future site of Cookie Cart. The tour was followed by a program featuring Councilmember Dan Bostrom, Commissioner Jim McDonough, Mayor Chris Coleman and Youth Employee Linda, who gave their take on how Cookie Cart will impact Saint Paul.

Mayor Coleman shared his vision for Saint Paul’s East Side, saying, “When we have an organization like Cookie Cart (in our city), that reaches out and says to our children ‘We believe in you, we are going to provide opportunities for you, and we’re going to get you on the right path forward,’ then we are truly building the kind of the community that Saint Paul believes itself to be – a city of great hope for the future of many generations to come.”

This was followed by Linda, a Johnson High School student who participated in the classroom learning program in the spring, and who will be a leader once Cookie Cart opens in 2018. Linda shared her experience working with Cookie Cart, and said, “I know Cookie Cart will have a positive, everlasting impact on my community. Whether if it’s just 2 people or my whole neighborhood, it’s going to be meaningful because my experience at Cookie Cart has meant so much to me.”

Special thanks to all who joined us to kick off the construction of Cookie Cart. Together we will bake bright futures for Saint Paul teens, and create positive change in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

To support Cookie Cart in Saint Paul, please make a gift here.

Cookie Cart Saint Paul in the News

There’s a great buzz around Cookie Cart Saint Paul. Check out the latest news articles and stories about our Groundbreaking Ceremony and the new Cookie Cart location!

Cookie Cart bakery and youth program rolls into St. Paul, and you’re invited
Pioneer Press – June, 9 2017

Minneapolis Cookie Cart expanding to St. Paul storefront
Star Tribune – June 12, 2017

‘Cookie Cart’ Job Training Program, Bake Shop Expanding To St. Paul
WCCO – June 13, 2017

‘Cookie Cart’ Nonprofit Shop Breaks Ground On St. Paul Location
WCCO – June 29, 2017

Welcoming Cookie Cart
Pioneer Press – July 7, 2017

Cookie Cart plans to open new bakery in early 2018
Lillie Suburban News – July 9, 2017

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cookie Cart Saint Paul!

Date: June 29
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Location: Cookie Cart | 946 Payne Ave | Saint Paul

Join us to take a sneak peek at the future site of Cookie Cart as we launch the construction phase! We will host a brief tour and envision how the building will transform into a safe and nurturing place for Saint Paul youth to gain work, life and leadership skills.

After the tour, we’ll have a short program and light breakfast at our neighbors – Brunson’s Pub. The program will feature Mayor Chris Coleman, as well as community members, elected officials, and Cookie Cart staff on what’s to come in Saint Paul.

This event is free to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a contribution to Cookie Cart Saint Paul. Space is limited and RSVPs are required by June 23. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a gift towards Cookie Cart Saint Paul, please visit our website.

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Special thanks to our event partner

2017 St. Paul Pilot Program Graduation

The teens from the second cohort of the St. Paul pilot program celebrated the end of their classroom and hands-on training with a visit to Cookie Cart in Minneapolis on April 3. The 23 freshman and sophomores attended 12 weeks of after school sessions focused on customer service, financial literacy, and career readiness in order to prepare them to be the first members of the youth staff at the Saint Paul Cookie Cart when it opens in 2018. Volunteers from Kemps, Sunrise Banks, and Xcel Energy conducted mock interviews and assisted with resume writing.

The teens received certificates of completion from Beth Leasman, the After School Program Leader at Johnson High School, and shared what they will take away from the Cookie Cart program.

“I learned how communicate better with others. I also learned how to manage my time and be more on track with things.”

“I have learned that all points matter … we need to save for our own better future as well as we need to decide our own future.”

The teens will continue to work Saturday shifts in Minneapolis, and will be the faces of Cookie Cart at Saint Paul sales and community events. We are very proud of this cohort of teens, and are excited for them to be the leaders of Cookie Cart Saint Paul!

St. Paul Updates

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The second cohort of Johnson High School students started the Saint Paul pilot program on January 9. 21 freshman and sophomores will participate in 12 weeks of Cookie Cart classroom training, including the topics of customer service, conflict management, financial literacy, and resume writing. The after-school classes are led by Cookie Cart adult staff, volunteers from Kemps, Sunrise Banks, and Xcel Energy, as well as a student from the first pilot program cohort, Corbin (back row, left). In addition to the classroom training, Johnson students have the opportunity to work weekend shifts at Cookie Cart in Minneapolis, in order to learn the ropes of the bakery, and interact with Minneapolis teens. The classes will commence with a celebration at Cookie Cart in Minneapolis in April, where the students will get a chance to work in the bakery and see first hand what Cookie Cart Saint Paul will be like.

As we prepare the leaders of the Cookie Cart Saint Paul youth staff, we’re busy planning for the next phase of the Capital Campaign. With $2.2 million committed in 2016, we will bring the campaign to the public, seeking individual gifts and commitments to raise the final $1 million. In the coming months, construction on the building at 946 Payne Avenue will begin, with the goal to engage 100 teens in 2018! Stay tuned for ways you can support Cookie Cart Saint Paul!

St. Paul Pilot Program Graduation

The teens from the St. Paul pilot program celebrated the end of their classroom and hands-on training with a visit to Cookie Cart in Minneapolis on April 4. Over the past 3 months, teens from Johnson High School have attended after school sessions focused on customer service, financial literacy, and career readiness in order to prepare them to be the first members of the youth staff at the Saint Paul Cookie Cart when it opens in 2018. The teens received certificates of completion from Beth Leasman, the After School Program Leader at Johnson High School, and shared what they will take away from the Cookie Cart program. Many teens shared that they made new friends, now know how to save and spend their paychecks wisely, and learned how to work as a team.

The teens will continue to work Saturday shifts in Minneapolis, and will be the faces of Cookie Cart at Saint Paul sales and community events. We are very proud of this cohort of teens, and are excited for them to be the leaders of Cookie Cart Saint Paul!

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St. Paul Update

Programming for the Saint Paul Cookie Cart is officially underway! In partnership with Johnson High School, 24 freshman and sophomores began classroom training in January, focusing on the topics of financial literacy, career readiness, and customer service. Classes are taught twice weekly and include guest speakers from Sunrise Banks, Kemps, and Xcel Energy. Some of the Saint Paul teens have had the opportunity to work Saturday shifts at the Minneapolis based Cookie Cart bakery, which is not only preparing them for what’s to come, but is also introducing them to other teens, helping them to form bonds and lasting friendships.

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Half of the St. Paul teens on their first day of programming with St. Paul Program Manager, Ms. Beth.

In January, volunteers from 3M along with members of our youth staff installed window cling signs, generously donated by 3M. The signs help identify and establish Cookie Cart in the East Side Neighborhood.

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Check out some of the renderings U+B Architecture and Design created of the future site located at 946 Payne Avenue, in which we are raising funds in order to begin renovations.

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Stay up to date with the latest St. Paul happenings on our Twitter!

We’re coming to St. Paul!

Thanks to the support of our St. Paul friends, we’ll officially be joining the East Side neighborhood and providing more opportunities for local teens to learn the skills they need for brighter futures!

In 2016, we’ll launch a pilot program with Johnson High School that engages St. Paul teens in a combination of paid classroom learning and community events. The next step is raising money to renovate the building we’ve purchased at 946 Payne Ave.!

Cookie Cart youth staff in front of the new building in St. Paul at 946 Payne Ave.

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And learn about all of the ways you can get involved to help us on our move!