Give teens the skills they need to build better futures!
Without his job at Cookie Cart, 16-year-old youth employee Damarean says, “I’d probably be on the street, because there’s a lot of that in the neighborhood. But the Cookie Cart took me away from that and it pushed me away from the streets. Because why would you want to be on the streets when you could have a job and save money?”
Too many teens growing up in the Twin Cities' urban core wake up every day to poverty, hunger, gangs, drugs and violence. Even with their amazing resilience, it's difficult for these young people to find a path to a better life.
Cookie Cart gives teens the skills they need to build better futures. Our "earn while you learn" program empowers young people with a paycheck, prepares them for work with foundational job skills and tools, and exposes them to opportunities that broaden their views of what's possible.