Cookie Cart

    Through an “earn as you learn” program, teens gain employment skills that are essential to success in future careers


    Cookie Cart provides lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills to teens ages 15 to 18 through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.



    Through the combination of positive youth development, social entrepreneurship and community development, Cookie Cart creates a unique learning environment where teens from low-income, communities of color are empowered with the tools and assets to overcome the barriers to success in education and careers. Through an “earn as you learn” program, teens gain employment skills that are essential to success in future careers, including inter- personal communication, critical thinking, connectedness to new communities and future goal orientation. Afterschool, weekends and during the summer, teens participate in the Bakery work experience, Foundations workshops focused on under- standing and developing successful basic work skills, Leadership training concentrating on directing peer teams, and Bright Futures which prepares them for the transition to their next job. Throughout those essential elements, teens participate in financial literacy, customer service and industrial skill credential classes including National Career Readiness Certificates and ServSafe.



    Board of Directors:

    Board Chair: Tim Engeldinger

    James Altman, Pam Arnason, Nathan Austin, Dr. William Barrier, Charles Broadnax, Patrick Davis, Becky Mallory Finnigan, Beth Fritcher, Christie Grandbois, Mary Kloehn, Susan Kujava, Meg Gehlen Nodzon, Patrick O’Neill, Alissa Raddatz, Allison Rojas, Bill Sarvela, Lica Tomizuka Sanborn, ToineÌ Warren, Riff Yeager



    • Crafting Brighter Futures at Surly Brewing: August 21 at Surly Brewing Co.

    • Sister Jean Day of Mercy: September 5 – day of service in honor of Cookie Cart’s founder

    • Ninth Annual Chefs’ Dinner: October 29 at Town & Country Club

    • Volunteer with Cookie Cart.

    Individual and group opportunities available. For more information, email


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    1119 W. Broadway Ave. Mpls., MN 55411

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