Youth Defined Space

Welcome To TheShop

Empowering Youth to Reach Potential

What do empowerment, connection, and loitering all have in common? TheShop!

For more than 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, art, 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 experience.

We partner with a diverse group of community organizations, service clubs, and individuals to support youth as they transition towards independence. 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 provideing 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 are our future and it is BRIGHT!

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6 hours ago

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A second expanded LifeTalk happening tomorrow on February 28th. Come for the message, stay for the pizza. ... See MoreSee Less
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SxTalk begins at 4:30 today. Registration begins at 4:15. See Bret. All registrants are eligible to receive a $5 and enjoy some pizza. See you in a few. ... See MoreSee Less
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Countdown: Two days to Wednesday, February 21st. 4:30pm. Chloe from WeARE Clinic returns with her featured talk on STI's. It's important to know. AND It's medically accurate information. ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday. Be at TheShop. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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As the sun sets on another day here's a reminder to be at TheShop on Wednesday for SxTalks. Sue Hadlund will join us for an open discussion. Participation gets you a $5.00 bill and a pizza party for dinner at 5:15pm. See you there. ... See MoreSee Less
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723 Washington Street

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

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