Centered in a community nonprofit bakery, Cookie Cart builds better lives for youth by providing lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills.
Review Completed: 3/27/2012
1119 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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||The Cookie Cart
||Matt Halley, Executive Director
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Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Cookie Cart’s 2011 impact included:
Hiring and training 116 youth to work the equivalent of 15,166 training hours, exceeding our annual goal by 18%.
Providing 47 youth employees customer service training.
Conducting 49 sales and promotional events to give youth employees, who have participated in the customer service training program, increased opportunities to hone their newly-acquired skills.
Supporting 25 youth in successfully completing the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) that verifies achievements of skills that employers have indicated are essential to employment success including: applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.
Providing 61 youth the 360 degree program where they learned critical skills needed to transition to traditional jobs such as preparing résumés and cover letters, learn about job search tools and practice interviewing skills.
The key characteristics of the 116 youth employed in 2011 Cookie Cart are:
-79% lived in North Minneapolis, 11% lived in other neighborhoods of Minneapolis and 10% lived outside of Minneapolis
-89% received free lunch at school because their family income is low enough to qualify
-70% were African American, 19% Asian American (primarily South East Asian: Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian), 9% were multicultural and 2% Caucasian
-32% attend Patrick Henry, 9% Dunwoody Academy, 5% Robbinsdale Cooper, 4% North High School and 14% in other Minneapolis School District public schools
-57% are girls and 43% are boys
-The average age youth were hired is 15 ½
Cookie Cart’s 2012 activity goals are: to provide 18,668 hours of youth employment and training; conduct work readiness classroom training which includes 60 youth completing the 360 Degree classroom training, 50 youth completing the NCRC classroom training, 52 youth completing Customer Service classroom training and offering 4 Financial Literacy Courses; and coordinate 80 Community engagement events including: offsite sales events, worksite tours, Best Prep Camps, job fairs.
The outcomes of Cookie Cart’s 2012 activities are: 1) Youth will increase their job readiness skills and knowledge (i.e. willingness to carry out responsibilities, ability to present themselves as an experienced employee, comfortable talking with a potential employer and ability to interview for a job, and work as a team player) and 2) Youth will gain a nationally recognized NCRC credential that verifies achievements of skills that employers have indicated are essential to employment success.
Community or Constituency Served
Youth 15 to 18
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities (80% North Minneapolis, 10% other neighborhoods of Minneapolis and 10 outside of Minneapolis)
Impact and Programs
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|Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990
|Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010