Youth Defined Space

Welcome To TheShop

Empowering Youth to Reach Potential

What does empowerment, connection, and loitering all have in common? TheShop; Brainerd/Baxter’s Premiere Youth Center

For the past 10 years The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center, known locally as TheShop has been a place for Brainerd Lakes Area youth to connect, be recognized, and grow toward independence. Everything we do is rooted in respect and inclusion and is modeled to and practiced by the youth we serve.

After school snacks and evening meals occur daily and offer a consistent source of nourishment for the hungry bellies that teens and young adults bring with them everywhere. Music, games of all varieties, artistry, laughter, loitering, and sometimes a nap on the couch are part of the experience of being at TheShop.

Educational programs, volunteer opportunities serving within our community, critical thinking development, and hands-on job skills are other facets of TheShop designed to help bridge opportunity and achievement gaps many of our young people must overcome.

We partner with a diverse group of community organizations, service clubs, and individuals and through collaboration our visions and goals align within the focus of supporting youth as they transition towards independence. The more adults who connect with youth the greater such bonds between youth and mentors ensure a vibrant community for years to come.

TheShop strives to remain a safe, accepting space where youthful energy is harnessed into creative fuel by providing opportunities to explore potential, build lasting relationships, and establish personal connections.


The Brainerd Baxter
Youth Center


A non-profit charitable organization committed to provide community support to all teens and young adults as they transition into independence and adulthood

We are a space where youthful energy is harnessed into creative energy with opportunities to explore potential, build lasting relationships and establish personal connections.


Mentor youth to improve overall wellness and develop assets to support healthy life transitions.

Translation: We are safe and soft place for youth to land where they will always find a listening ear, supportive mentors, and a space to be themselves.

“Belonging comes the minute you walk in the door; no strings attached”


PEEP our goals
(See what we did here?!)

*Provide youth with meaningful educational, vocational, social, and spiritual opportunities.
*Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion while encouraging healthy intergenerational relationships and cultivating mutual respect.
*Empower youth to be critical thinkers and thoughtful community members.
*Promote opportunities for positive development and participation in our local community.
*Support and value youth voices as assets in our community. They truly are our future and it is BRIGHT!

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Today is TGIFL: Thank Goodness Isabel is Finally Leaving! 😂🥲💚While we are going to miss Isabel immensely, today we celebrate with Nancy Spaghetti and connection. Isabel is off to University of Oregon on Monday, and all of us at TheShop know she will do and experience amazing things! Isabel has been a youth board member for over 3 years, put in over 200 hours of volunteer time helping to feed her peers during the shutdown, and is even responsible for some of the hairstyles seen at TheShop. Isabel, there will always be a place for you at TheShop, so don’t be a stranger when you come to town! Can’t wait to celebrate you today; should we rewatch Twilight?! 😂🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
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We owe a huge THANK YOU to all the awesome folks who volunteered with Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s community-wide volunteering day for the paint job they did on our building’s face! The Brainerd blue adds a nice touch. 😊💙🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
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Rainbow Road today from 3:30-5:30! #theshopisthestop ... See MoreSee Less
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Calling all local orgs: bring your best chili and support a fun event!We have your lunch plans for Oct 6th! Sample delicious chilis made by local organizations at the Lakes Area United Way Chili Cook Off from 11:30am-1pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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723 Washington Street

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00 – 9:00

PCs for People

11:00 – 5:00

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