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.

VISION

The Brainerd Baxter
Youth Center

TheShop

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.

MISSION

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”

GOALS

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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1 day ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello friends and happy Wednesday!TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!We have been working on a way to give back to our community in the form of a parking lot grill out! This gives our community the chance to come see TheShop with our new look of paint, as well as learn what programs we currently have and how you all can help! This is a free event for our community along with some outdoor games and a few door prizes to give out! We also have the wonderful opportunity to showcase a former Shop youth, Hayden Streeter as he performs live for us! This is a event you will not want to miss. Hope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello friends and happy Wednesday!This weekend we have our event! We have been working on a way to give back to our community in the form of a parking lot grill out! This gives our community the chance to come see TheShop with our new look of paint, as well as learn what programs we currently have and how you all can help! This is a free event for our community along with some outdoor games and a few door prizes to give out! We also have the wonderful opportunity to showcase a former Shop youth, Hayden Streeter as he performs live for us! This is a event you will not want to miss. Hope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!Today we bring you our second LifeTalks of the school year, "Is college right for you?" We will be having a Academic Advisor, as well as a Raider Connect Coach from Central Lakes College come in to talk our youth about options for post secondary school, as well as other options if college is not the right choice for them. Youth who participate will receive a 5 dollar stipend and a pizza party! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello again friends on this wonderful Friday!We have been working on a way to give back to our community in the form of a parking lot grill out! This gives our community the chance to come see TheShop with our new look of paint, as well as learn what programs we currently have and how you all can help! This is a free event for our community along with some outdoor games and a few door prizes to give out! We also have the wonderful opportunity to showcase a former Shop youth, Hayden Streeter as he performs live for us! This is a event you will not want to miss. Hope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello all and Happy Friday!We are pleased to announce the return of one of our favorite fall programs, Girls Who Code! Thursday September 22nd is our first meeting for anyone who is interested in learning how to code! We will be going over introductions, and learning together how to code by creating a social impact application that our youth design! If you have any questions, or would like more information, here is the Girls Who Code website link!girlswhocode.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Hours

TheShop
723 Washington Street
218-454-0009

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

PCs for People
By Appointment
Call 218-454-0009 or Email: brainerd@pcsforpeople.org

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