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!