Join us at Crafting Brighter Futures at Surly Brewing!

Join us on Monday, August 21 for a casual, happy hour-style networking event at the much-celebrated Surly Brewing Co.! Guests will interact with the young men and women of Cookie Cart, learn more about Cookie Cart’s program and how to support growth, and enjoy Surly’s world-renowned beer. Youth employees will practice their networking and explore careers through conversations with supportive professionals in their community like you.

Date: Monday, August 21
Time: 5:30 – 8 pm | Program starts at 6 pm
Location: Surly Brewing Co., Scheid Hall | 526 Malcolm Ave SE | Minneapolis

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Introducing July’s Rising Stars

Congratulations Phillip and Cirea!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff works together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes Phillip and Cirea stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below and stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

Phillip

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since September. I wanted to get a good first job, and I heard a lot of good reccommendations from people at school and in the community. I wanted to work with people my age before really getting into the workforce with adults.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
The sales events and workplace visits because they open doors for opportunities that you wouldn’t normally get.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’m open to any task that they assign and I’m flexible with my schedule. I’ve learned to be more open and flexible since working here beacuse I know all the things they ask you to do will benefit me.

What is the secret to your success?
Having a great attitude and being friendly with everyone.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
The Baking Bright Futures Breakfast when we got to make scones. And the event itself because I learned about the history of Cookie Cart, got to meet one of Sister Jean’s family members. And I liked planning for the graduation for alumni because I knew everyone graduating and it was fun to be a part of the planning.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate chip by far.

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Make sure you’re well acquainted with your bosses and anyone above you because it gets you further in your job and work comes easier because they know you and know what you’re capable of.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go college, my goal is to go to the U of M. I’m not sure what I want to study – I’m keeping that open.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Communications skills with peers, adults and customers. Flexibility outside of school. Leadership.

Cirea

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Almost 6 months. I was excited about my first job and my friends told me Cookie Cart was a good first job experience. And there are classes here that help us learn what a next job will be like. Ms. Sadia encouraged me to apply.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
You get to learn from your mistakes. When I first started, I dropped a cookie on the ground and I thought you could pick it up, but everyone was nice and helped me learn that you can’t do that. Everyone helps helps you if you have questions and helps you figure out another way to do things

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’m hardworking, I set goals for myself and even on my worst days, I have a positive attitude no matter what because I know it’s all about how you present yourself.

What is the secret to your success?
Self confidence. I’ve built it up overtime and Cookie Cart has helped me.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
When I first started we were building a lot of boxes and I wasn’t expecting it to be fun. But we got to socialize and I made a lot of friends doing that.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Peanut Butter

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Even after you become Rising Star, keep working your hardest and be your best. Do what you’re doing and you’ll make it where you want to go.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to be a Pediatric Doctor because I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and I like helping kids. I’m not sure where I want to go to college.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
You can’t act how you act outside of your job because you’re always representing your employer. Communication because I used to not like talking to people I don’t know, but now I don’t mind it. And responsibility.

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of July. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!

Join us in the Give Twin Cities Challenge!

Cookie Cart has joined the Give Twin Cities Challenge, a fundraising competition on presented by Minnesota Monthly. The Give Twin Cities Challenge is a friendly fundraising competition where local Minnesota organizations compete to raise the most money for their cause. Participating organizations will aim to win $50,000 in prize money. All donations made to Cookie Cart through the Challenge on CrowdRise will support our Saint Paul teens and our Capital Campaign!

The Give Twin Cities Challenge launches on Thursday, July 20 at 11 am CST and runs through Thursday, August 24 at 1 pm. The team that raises the most during the Challenge wins $25,000, second place wins $15,000 and third place wins $10,000. Weekly Bonus Challenges enable charities to win prizes throughout the challenge even if they’re not in the top 3.

To secure the $25,000 Grand Prize, we need your support! There are 3 ways to help:

1) Make a gift – big or small – on our Give Twin Cities Challenge fundraising page. In order to count towards the grant total, gifts must be made through CrowdRise.

2) Join our team as a fundraiser! By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to the Grand Prize! It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’

3) Share the Challenge with friends, family, and co-workers.

All donations made will benefit the bright futures of Saint Paul teens, by supporting our Capital Campaign. Make your gift here, starting July 20 at 11 am!

Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is requiredwith any questions, and thank you for supporting the Give Twin Cities Challenge!

Introducing June’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations Jada and Saeed!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff works together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes Jada and Saeed stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below and stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

Jada

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since late October. Most of my friends were getting applications to work here, and I heard Cookie Cart was good about helping us with our first job so I thought I would try it out.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
Smelling the cookies – especially Coconut Toffee. But my favorite task is customer service because I get to see different faces and plus I always have a smile so I’m just smiling extra hard and greet them. And I feel that if I’m smiling then they will reflect that and then we’ll both have a good day from there.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
In the bakery, I show a lot of leadership, like if anybody doesn’t know what to do, or looks confused, I’ll just go over there myself and ask them if they need help. Even if I don’t know how to help, I’ll still refer them to Ashley. I also try to be friends with everyone – talk to the new hires and all the volunteers, even when I’m not on the clock I still try to talk to them. And I’m just always so happy.

What is the secret to your success?
Always keep a smile on your face 24/7. And when someone asks you to do something, don’t make a fuss about it, just do it. Even if you don’t want to do it.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
When I made four 20 dozen boxes and I tried to put them on the top of the shelf and they all fell down on me and I had to throw them away but I didn’t know I had to throw them away. So I was just was going to put them back up, but then everybody in the bakery was like “you can’t do that” I was embarrassed, but I didn’t let it get to me though. I learned something.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Coconut Toffee

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Do what you have to do. Keep a positive attitude, stay positive about everything. Encourage others. Everyone makes mistakes so don’t let that get you down.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to be a cosmetologist, but if I change my mind, I want to be a psychologist just to help people out. Cookie Cart is helping me build my communication skills because before I started working here I couldn’t look you in the eye, but I got used to doing it here and used to greeting everyone when I see them. I’ve also learned leadership skills. I used to think of myself as a leader before this job, but now I take pride in it.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
You can do it, stay encouraged, don’t give up, Everybody has a chance.

Saeed 

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
I’ve been working at Cookie Cart since December. I wanted to work here because I wanted to be a part of an after school program or something like that, and I didn’t want to be bored at home. I wanted to give back to my community and I like baking.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
It makes me happy, if I’m in a bad mood I come here and it’s like playing time for me. It makes me happy, I socialize with friends. I’ve met a lot of friends here at Cookie Cart.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I try to work every day, I step up when they need someone for an extra hand. I’m in a cheerful mood.

What is the secret to your success?
Be happy. Do what your managers ask you to do and be respectful to your coworkers.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
Making scones and fruit pizzas for the Baking Bright Futures Breakfast because it was a unique thing and I had never heard of a fruit pizza before. I enjoyed the Breakfast, I met a lot of people at the Breakfast.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Oatmeal Raisin

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Do what your managers tell you to do. Be positive and respect everyone

What does your bright future look like?
I want to finish high school with a 4.0 GPA and then go to Harvard University for Chemical Engineering. I want to have my own lab or pharmacy business to make medicines like cures for Ebola, cancer, AIDS, and be a part time manager at Cookie Cart, or be the Sales and Community Outreach Manager here because I want to support youth like they’ve supported me.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Time management. Leadership – how to rise up and lead peers. Communication – this is very important because when I started I didn’t speak to anyone for 2 months, but then I became a Cart Captain and became confident enough to socialize with friends and make friends.

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of June. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!

2016 Community Report

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Introducing May’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations Vantae and Antiquita!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff work together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes Devantae and Antiquita stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below or stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

Vantae

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
6 months. I used to walk by Cookie Cart on my way home from school and would always stop to buy cookies. I noticed they hired teens when I was 13, so waited until I was 15 to apply.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
Communicating with other peers my age. I also like doing customer service because I get to meet new people and put a smile on their face.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’ve been working hard, I give compliments to my team, and I’m showing dedication and commitment to my job. My managers have said that I’m asking questions that are improving my skillset, which I didn’t think about before, but it’s true.

What is the secret to your success?
Being a hard worker, staying motivated, staying confident and pushing myself.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
The workplace visit at the Target Headquarters because it’s the HQ for all the Target stores in the world and that’s pretty special. We got to see their break room which had a basketball court and huge TVs. I think I would like to work in their marketing department.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Coconut Toffee

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Keep working hard, have fun (but not too much fun), keep a smile on your face.

What does your bright future look like?

I have three things I want to do: 1) Sign Language Interpreter because I think more people should know about sign language, 2) Dancer or Dance Teacher because it’s what I’m passionate about, 3) Civil Engineer because I like working with my hands and I’m on my school’s Robotics Team. Right now my next goal is to become a Cart Captain and to do that I’m going to work harder than ever, show that I’m responsible enough and probably practice taking phone orders because I haven’t done that yet.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Communication, Responsibility, and Leadership

Antiquita 

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since October 31, so about 7 months. I knew Cookie Cart was hiring and that they sometimes hired 14 year olds. I was persistent to gain skills that would prepare me well for my future jobs, and I knew I could get those at Cookie Cart.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
EVERYTHING. I think going on sales events is my favorite because I get to go more than 1 step out of my comfort zone at once, and when you go out of your comfort zone things sometimes go wrong. But I take it as an opportunity to push myself and learn new things from everyone I meet. I also like working in the bakery because we get to laugh and have fun with our coworkers and managers and that’s not usual at other places.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
My managers have seen that I’m putting in as much work as I said I would in my interview. They see that I’m thriving through my experience at Cookie Cart and that I’m going to get somewhere with my Cookie Cart experience. I also have shown leadership skills and I’m open to criticism and changes for myself and my managers are helping me see that.

What is the secret to your success?
Taking your struggle and turning it into your perseverance. Knowing that I can persevere through this job and any job in life. And being humble and knowing what you are and who other people are and trying to help anyone you come across.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
I have two: a few days after I started I saw Ms. Schleeter and asked if she missed me and she said “No.” I was so surprised she said that because she looked like she was kidding, but she was so serious. And the second is when we sold out at the Twins Home Opener. I stepped out of my comfort zone twice – once through talking to everyone passing, making sure they noticed us, and second by going further out from the cart into the crowd.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Perseverance and dedication and knowing what YOU need to succeed. And being open to feedback about yourself because some of it’s going to be true and you need to take that and fix it, otherwise you’ll be bruised by it in the future  and you won’t get to where you want to be.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to study business, finance, and dance at an HBCU and eventually have my own business. I’m not sure what kind of business yet, but I know that I want to partner with Cookie Cart because this is an experience I’ll never forget, and I won’t get to where I want to be without this job. I also want to be a Production Manager at Cookie Cart so other teens can have the experience I’ve had.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Customer service, time management, networking, and being a team player.

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of May. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!

Introducing April’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations LeeShay and Darius!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff work together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes LeeShay and Darius stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below or stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

LeeShay

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
I’ve worked at Cookie Cart for about 6 months now. I wanted to work here to gain job experience and to be a part of my community.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
I like working with volunteers in the bakery. They tell me about their career paths and it’s always interesting to hear how they got their jobs. The most interesting career path was someone from General Mills who was a scientist and worked on food that help hearts function.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’ve come a long way since I started. I used to come in with an attitude and now I come in with a smile. I say hey to everyone and I’m more outspoken with the volunteers. I’m always pushing myself to do better because I used to get frustrated easily, but now I try my hardest to make it right.

What is the secret to your success?
Showing dignity to every individual that walks in the door because you never know who you’re bumping into and what their story is.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
When we went to General Mills for a workplace visit and got to make our own granola bars. Mine was called the Apple Crunch Wonderbar.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
M&M

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Have patience, treat everyone with respect, no matter how hard it gets keep trying because failure only means you’re trying.

What does your bright future look like?
I’m not exactly sure yet. I’m multi-talented: I sing, dance, and rap, but I also want to be a doctor or a lawyer. Right now I’m just trying out everything. I know I want to do something that helps people, but I’m not sure yet. I do want to go to college far away because I was born and raised in Minneapolis and I want to see more.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Interpersonal skills
Building new relationships with people I don’t know or never would normally have a conversation with
Patience

Darius

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
5 months. I wanted to work at Cookie Cart because I knew they did STEP-UP and that it was a teen focused workplace, and I wanted to work with teens my age because it’s more comfortable.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
My coworkers because they are different and diverse and have their own story to tell which helps you get closer and build better relationships with them.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I feel like I do everything everyone else does, but I guess I do try to get more things done and I try to present myself and stand out. I don’t always notice when I do things better because it’s just a part of me and I think I’m doing what’s right. But I do see that I’m becoming more professional.

What is the secret to your success?
Be yourself. Try not to build walls because you don’t feel comfortable with someone. You should open up because then they will open up to you.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
On my first day we had to build a lot of boxes because it was peak season. The boxes filled a whole wall in the community room.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
M&M

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Ask. Always ask. If you don’t, if you’re quiet and closed off, opportunities won’t come your way and you’ll have to search for them.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go to an HBCU in the South, hopefully Howard in Georgia, to study music or therapy, or both. I’m in choir at school and really enjoy singing. I’m interested in therapy because I was on some student panels talking to other students about high school and that, along with my school therapist, inspired me to maybe pursue it. Talking to other people comes naturally to me, and I’m interested in helping other people because you make connections and it makes you feel good.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Networking, Teamwork, and Relationship Building

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of April. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!

Join us to honor the life and legacy of Sister Jean Thuerauf

In remembrance of Cookie Cart’s founder, Sister Jean Thuerauf, the Baking Bright Futures Breakfast is a chance to highlight the impact of her vision and legacy in North Minneapolis.

Please join us at Cookie Cart’s North Minneapolis Bakery to honor Sister Jean and learn about the impact her vision has on today’s Cookie Cart teens.

When:

Thursday, April 6th | 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Where:

Cookie Cart

Schedule:

7:00-7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Service & Program

8:30-9:30 a.m. Youth-led Bakery Tour (Optional!)

Join us:

Space is limited and registration is required. There is no cost to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a contribution. Please RSVP by March 30 here or by contacting Taylor Lubich at email hidden; JavaScript is required or (612) 843-1949! If you’re unable to attend but would still like to support Sister Jean’s mission, you can do so here. Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you there!

Introducing March’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations Marcus and Sandra!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff work together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes Marcus and Sandra stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below or stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

Marcus

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
3 months – I applied to work here because I heard it was a good place to work, I had friends who worked here, I wanted to earn some extra money, and it gave me something to do after school when I’m not playing football, wrestling, or baseball.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
It’s a family environment where you work hard, but you still have fun. I get to build experience through all different styles because sometimes you work alone, sometimes you work as a team. You never know what’s going to happen here.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I show up on time. If I make a mistake, I make sure everything gets straightened out. When I’m working, I focus on the objective and get it done first. I have the right attitude and don’t get into any drama.

What is the secret to your success?
Having a good, positive attitude towards everything. I remember that you’re at work to work, even if you don’t want to. Cookie Cart relieves my stress, and helps block out any bad attitude I might have, like if I make a mistake at school, I think about how I can do something positive when I get to work.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?I had a huge order during peak season and didn’t put the cookies in the right order so they had to be flipped around. Chris helped me do it and that helped me have a better connection with my bosses and supervisors, which makes me want to work more and work harder.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
M&M

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Stay focused. Stay positive. Everything is going to pay off meaning the skills you learn here will help you get a better job in the future.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go to a HBCU and study African American studies and Law. I’m a Social Justice Fellow with Minneapolis Public Schools, so over spring break I’m going to visit HBCUs down South. After I’m done with college I want to come back to North Minneapolis and teach African American Studies or be in law enforcement, or both. I want to come back to my community because we need role models for the young people look up to. In 7th grade I participated in Black Male Achievement and I learned the history and culture of African Americans and that helped me be more confident and value myself and my community more, so I’m really passionate about it.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Communication – I wasn’t that good before, and now I speak up more
Organization – I’m better at time management because of this job
Teamwork – Cookie Cart has been a great place for me to keep off the streets and has shown me other roads to go down that are good and positive.

Sandra

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since December. I wanted to work here because it’s close to home and my sister worked here when she was a teen.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
I like that I can expand my connections with people and get to know them. I also like baking.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’ve started to put myself out there and I finally have a goal to be something here and people have noticed.

What is the secret to your success?
Time management, and working quickly. I’m always trying to be on time, whether it’s for school or the bus.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
When we did new employee orientation and we got to meet all the people we would be working with.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Double Chocolate Chip.

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Have a good ear when you start because that’s what they look for. And be a good communicator and get to know people because it will make your job go faster.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go to college, maybe at the U of M, and maybe study Psychology. My advisor at school studied it and it sounds like something I would like because it studies the mind and understanding people. During college I want to live on my own and have my driver’s license and maybe have a job while I’m in school.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Stay organized, know what you’re doing and how to do it, and listen to directions

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of March. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!

Introducing February’s Rising Stars!

Congratulations Amina and Elijah!

Cookie Cart chooses two youth employees each month as our Rising Stars. Our program staff work together to determine which young people are striving to be their best. They look for a positive attitude, mindfulness of adult staff and youth peers, strong attendance to scheduled shifts, and demonstration of initiative and willingness to help others.

What makes Amina and Elijah stand out? Read questions from an interview with them below or stop by our bakery to meet this month’s Rising Stars!

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How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since June. My brother works here and my friend from school worked here before. They both said that it was a great place to start.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
Getting to meet a bunch of new people who I never really would get a chance to meet.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I’m consistent and reliable. When I’m assigned a huge order, I get it done and I do it right.

What is the secret to your success?
Be on time! Know when to have fun while you’re working.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
The first all Youth Staff meeting when everyone came together. It was the first time I saw everyone together and got to see how many people actually work here.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate Chip. Hands down. You can’t get sick of it!

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Always come in with a positive attitude.

What does your bright future look like?
Me on a plane with a one-way ticket to anywhere. My top three travel destinations are South Africa, South Korea, and I just saw McDonald Island on a map today so I’ll say that. I also want to go to school for engineering. I’m hoping to get into the U of M and study abroad while I’m in school. Cookie Cart has given me great work ethic that I didn’t have before. I didn’t really know how to come in, work hard, and enjoy what I’m doing all at once.

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How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
I started in late October. I applied to work here because it’s a nice first job to learn communication and teamwork.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
I like packing orders because you never know what size of order you’re going to get. It can go from 4 dozen to 104 dozen, and it keeps you on your toes.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I think because I have a good attitude, I have leadership skills, I’m up for any and all tasks, and I’m always positive when I’m in the bakery.

What is the secret to your success?
Hard work and dedication, because hard work beats talents when talents fails to work hard. I’m motivated by my coworkers and peers because when I see them doing good work, I want to be better. I’m saving money to buy a car right now, so that’s motivating me to come to work every day.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
When we did the Mannequin Challenge. It was fun because everyone was just chill and wasn’t complaining.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate Chip.

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Work hard, do your best at everything you do, stay focused on your task, and have fun because when you don’t it gets boring and you’ll stop focusing.

What does your bright future look like?
I’m a sophomore right now, so I want to go to college after high school and maybe study engineering or math. I like working with my hands and building stuff, plus I like math. I’m a Minneapolis Public Schools Social Justice Fellow this year, so I’ll be visiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities this spring break, so hopefully I’ll be able to go to one of those.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?

First is leadership. I’ve been told since I was a kid that I was a good leader, and I’ve been a team captain for a lot of sports, but this job has helped me build on what I already know about being a leader. Second is communication because I used to not like talking to people I didn’t know, but now I like learning everyone’s story and sharing my own and finding things we have in common. Last is hard work. My work ethic has improved since working here, and I have a lot more opportunities to show how hard I can work.

Congratulations on being selected as Rising Stars for the month of February. The leadership team would like to thank you for all your hard work!