Get to know Tazia and Ahmed: The Rising Stars of November!

Congratulations Tazia and Ahmed!

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

Tazia

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
5 months.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
Customer service because I get to see new faces and I get to make people happy. It was a little complicated at first, but when I started doing it more I got it.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I show leadership, I’m a very happy person, I get a lot of people in the mood – like I make people feel good about themselves.

What is the secret to your success?
I’m determined, I want to get my job done and I stay on task all the time and don’t come to play. I’m motivated by seeing people doing good, if I see my teammates doing good, it makes me want to be good so together we can be great.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
I got a tray of sugar for the double chocolate chip cookies and I got too close to Moses and it just dropped and got all over my shoes, and everyone was just looking at me.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate chip and double chocolate chip

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Show leadership, don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind, be yourself don’t try to fit it and it’s okay to be yourself.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go to MN School of Cosmetology and business school so I can own my own beauty bar. Or I might want to be a lawyer because I’m good at arguing.

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Communication, Customer Service, and Be yourself – don’t try to fit in.

Ahmed

How long have you worked at Cookie Cart?
Since March. I wanted to work at Cookie Cart because I knew they hired only teens and it’s my first job so I wanted to learn a lot.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cookie Cart?
I like sales events. I’ve only been on one, but I like helping to sell cookies and saying hello to people. I also like scooping because it’s the easiest job. At first, it was hard, but the more I did it, the better I got.

Why do you think that we chose you for Rising Star?
I don’t talk much, but I show people how to do the job. If they see me scooping fast, they’ll follow me and go fast as well. I like competition so I get everyone to work hard together.

What is the secret to your success?
Working hard, being on time, and getting the job done on time. I’m motivated by knowing that I’ll get more experience by working here.

What is your most memorable moment at Cookie Cart?
The first time I did dishes, I stacked too many trays on the drying shelf and they all fell on the ground.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Coconut Toffee. And Pumpkin Spice

Can you share some advice on how to become Rising Star?
Work hard and get the job done on time. Don’t fuss too much about the job, and make it fun.

What does your bright future look like?
I want to go to college and study business

What are the top three skills you’ve learned at Cookie Cart, or have worked on the most?
Time management, communication, and meeting new people.

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