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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4 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Thank you to everyone who came out to Pints for a Purpose on Wednesday or supported us with good vibes and thoughts! It was a really fun event to be a part of and we made some great connections with community members who did not know what we did at TheShop! Thank you again to Jack Pine Brewery and Baxter Papa Murphy's for good food, good beer and good laughs! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

The Shop - BBYC
Happy Wednesday Friends!Today is the day for our Pints for a Purpose event at Jack Pine Brewery! Nate and I will be at the event, so there will be a special guest at The Shop while we are away! Stop on in to The Shop or come say hi to us at Jack Pine! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

The Shop - BBYC
Happy Tuesday everyone!We are just one day away from our Pints for a Purpose fundraiser sponsored by the wonderful people at Jack Pine Brewery! Pizza will be served by the Baxter Papa Murphy's, as well as snacks that are available for purchase right at Jack Pine. Please share this post if you can so we can get the word out of this fun evening! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Happy Saturday Brainerd lakes area!Just a small announcement of some slight changes to our PC's for People operating hours. Our updated hours will be on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm, or by appointment. If you are interested, please call ahead so we can plan for your arrival and make sure you are eligible. Thank you all for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Happy Wednesday friends!We are open from 3-8 tonight for food and fun! Another thing to mention...Two weeks from today we will be partnering with Jack Pine Brewery, a wonderful area business for Pints for a Purpose. From 5-8pm every beer that is sold, we will receive 1 dollar towards our mission. We will also have pizza for dinner being served by the Baxter Papa Murphy's. Stop on in to see us and support local area youth! ... See MoreSee Less
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723 Washington Street

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

PCs for People

2:00pm – 5:00pm

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