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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7 days ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello friends and happy Wednesday!Just thought I would give you all a heads up for next week. It is our yearly tradition to volunteer our time at the Crow Wing County Fair at the Park United food booth! Both staff and youth will be volunteering their time. Because of this, we will be closed all week next week and will return to normal hours August 10th. Stop on by the food booth for great food and to see some friendly faces! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello friends and happy Wednesday!Just thought I would give you all a heads up for next week. It is our yearly tradition to volunteer our time at the Crow Wing County Fair at the Park United food booth! Both staff and youth will be volunteering their time. Because of this, we will be closed all week next week and will return to normal hours August 10th. Stop on by the food booth for great food and to see some friendly faces! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello all and happy Friday!We will be updating our PC'sforPeople hours to be by appointment only, effective immediately. PC'sforPeople is still accessible to the community by visiting www.pcsforpeople.org! This allows for more availability, options, as well as extra services! Thank you all again for your support not only for PC'sforPeople, but also TheShop and our youth! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

The Shop - BBYC
Hello Friends and Happy Thursday!We are pleased to announce our FIRST LifeTalks of 2022!Wednesday August 24th we will be having an advocate from Wellness in the Woods come to present and discuss mental health with our youth! This topic has been by far the most requested with our youth and we are so looking forward to providing sessions like this to our youth, sponsored by Lakes Area United Way! Youth who participate will receive a 5 dollar stipend, along with a pizza party! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

The Shop - BBYC
Happy 4th of July friends!Let us celebrate our country and those who have sacrificed for our freedom, while also reflecting on how we can make the world a better place through our community! We hope you all eat the best food, with the best company, making the best memories. Peace,TheShop ... See MoreSee Less
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Hours

TheShop
723 Washington Street
218-454-0009

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

PCs for People
brainerd@pcsforpeople.org

Saturdays
2:00pm – 5:00pm

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