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!