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
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*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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2 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Our founder and foundation! Our community is so fortunate to have Cindy and her family among us. Join us in celebrating all Cindy does and has done for youth! 🙌🏻💙Since coming on as Executive Director I have been trying to take time to meet with each of our volunteers and learn about them and to share more about me. Well I want to say that I have been extremely wowed by the level of commitment and service these LARJP ChangeMakers have displayed. I just finished going through all of our volunteer files and realized that I missed some very important anniversaries.Please help me in recognizing this longstanding, committed, passionate volunteer Cindy Moore on her 13 years of service to our communities youth, families and stakeholders! On April 29, 2008 Cindy Moore signed her application to begin helping LARJP impact the youth of this community!Cindy, thank you so much for your selfless service and dedication! We see you, honor you and value you!Brian AndrewsExecutive DirectorLARJP ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Today is the day! Swing by Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 3pm and pick up a meal box; it’s free and available to all! TheShop will have some boxes available as well, so come on by and fill your pantry. 🙌🏻 #theshopisthestop ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Tomorrow’s the day!We are excited to be given the opportunity through the Farmers to Families program two times in May! The first will be this Saturday, May 8th at Bethlehem Lutheran in Brainerd. Call Bridges of Hope if you have any questions! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
We still have several silent auction items waiting to be picked up! Come on by during our open hours and get your goodies: Wednesday-Saturday 3pm-8pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
ShopCart is available tonight! Text us at 218.513.4751 and let us know how many meals you need and where to bring them (within 23 miles of TheShop). #theshopisthestop ... 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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