St. Paul Updates


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 2017. 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!


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.


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.



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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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!