Fun, exciting and historical: Those are three words to describe the restoration and reopening of the Cookie Cart. As previously stated, the Cookie Cart has a long history in the connected community of North Minneapolis. On Sept. 18, the Cookie Cart reopened its door after several months of restructuring.
They are now more green-friendly, have a new décor, and have expanded into a well-developed two-floor building. Executive Director Matt Haley happily welcomed visitors and event-goers in the doors. Mayor Betsy Hodges cut the red ribbon, and local city law enforcement happily controlled the crowd that poured onto West Broadway and Emerson avenues.
The event was so crowded that the new Cookie Cart could not adequately welcome all their new guests. The biggest concern was that people outside the building wanted cookies, but this was quickly dealt with and fantastic cookies were had by all who wanted some.
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What exactly is the Cookie Cart employee training program? As taken from their website, “The first stop for Cookie Cart teen employees is our Bakery Program — the very foundation of our youth employment training. In this 90-day, hands-on, job-training program, we teach essential employment skills to every teen coming through the Cookie Cart kitchen. With one adult staff member to 12 youth employees, our Bakery Program takes a creative, engaged teaching approach to equip teens with fundamental job skills:
- responsibility to manage their work schedule and themselves with appropriate workplace behavior and language
- collaboration to take direction from managers and work together with peers
- initiative to complete tasks and problem solve.
To get youth involved in a business-focused youth employment program, he or she should be between the ages of 15-18. Contact the Cookie Cart for more information at 612-521-0855.
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