Cookie Cart Empowers Youth

Number one NBA draft pick Karl Anthony Towns stopped by for a Q&A and some quality time in the bakery with teens, courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation.

Number one NBA draft pick Karl Anthony Towns stopped by for a Q&A and some quality time in the bakery with teens, courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation.

By Colleen Steppa
(Photos courtesy of Cookie Cart)

Serving up dessert with a side of philanthropy, Cookie Cart is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that teaches teenagers work and leadership skills through employment in a bakery.  Located at 1119 West Broadway Avenue, Cookie Cart features traditional style and holiday decorated cookies. Fresh cookies are sold on-site and frozen dough is available for purchase online and via phone.

Youth staff, aged 15-18 learn job skills and tour workplaces during organized job shadow days with partnering agencies like AT&T, Dairy Queen, and Eaton. Teen employees at Cookie Cart have also taken part in a project with the Minneapolis Health Department called Rethink Your Drink to learn about and promote healthy beverages in their communities.

Cookie Cart participates in many of Minneapolis’s neighborhood festivals, and a schedule of events is found on their website cookiecart.org. Their full menu is located here.

Those interested in donating, hosting a workplace visit or coordinating a project can reach Cookie Cart via their website (listed above) or by phone at 612.521.0855. You can also follow Cookie Cart on their blog, Facebook, or Twitter to get updates on events and current youth projects.

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