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!