Cookie Cart: An Evaluation of An Innovative Youth Employment Program

The Cookie Cart is a nonprofit employment program that serves youth living in or near North Minneapolis. The Cookie Cart offers young people age 14 to 17 an opportunity to develop life, leadership, and job skills through training and employment at a retail and commercial bakery. The business model provides a first paid job experience for youth, and helps participants gain the job and life skills necessary to transition to traditional employment in the community. The evaluation plan required Cookie Cart participants to complete a self-administered survey, and their parents to complete a telephone survey describing experiences at Cookie Cart and opinions about the value of the Cookie Cart employment experience.This is the full report.



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The Cookie Cart

The Cookie Cart is a youth employment program that provides quality, paid, first-time employment training for neighborhood teens. Through the retail bakery, youth age 14-17, get hands-on job training and learn basic employment skills such as appropriate work behavior, time management and problem-solving. The multi-year evaluation looks at the effectiveness of the program in helping youth gain employment skills.

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