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
(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 are our future and it is BRIGHT!

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1 week ago

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Erica here!Just like the changing of seasons, we have our seasons of change in our lives. It is with profound sadness that I announce my departure from TheShop, with my final day being September 23rd. I want to thank our community, collaborating organizations and youth for making this season of my life full of laughter, support and personal/professional growth. I plan to continue advocating for our youth in what ever capacity I am able to, so long as they can tolerate my bad jokes. This picture took place at Camp Knutson when I had told the kiddos that I was leaving. I am somewhere buried in that hug (tie dye shirt) After that we had so many great conversations on our time together, memories made and how we had all made an impact on each other. These kids have changed me in so many ways that I will forever be thankful for. Thank you all again for your support, mentorship and guidance through this amazing adventure. Time to start another! ✌️If you have any Shop related business, please contact Tiffany Stenglein at ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Sunday TheShop had the pleasure of hosting God’s Work Our Hands with area Lutheran churches, such as Bethlehem and Trinity. We had over 10 volunteers donate 3-4 hours of their time to give back to our community in a big way. When I say that this group came to rock and roll, I mean it!!Shed painted, windows re-screened, yard work, gardening and deep cleaning were all completed. A huge thank you to Bethlehem and Trinity for donating their time, expertise and resources to our community and the support of our youth! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Pride in the Park is happening right now! Come find us and enjoy music and fun! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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We made it! 12 youth and 2 staff are ready for a few days of camping! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Here’s some photos from last nights Naloxone training! A huge thank you again to Ashley from WITW for this life saving training! ... See MoreSee Less
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723 Washington Street

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

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By Appointment
Call 218-454-0009 or Email:

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