Every donation helps turn possibilities into realities. And we are so very grateful and humbled you continue to think of our youth with your support and your kindness.
TheShop exists today because of the support of people like you who believe as we do that our youth are some of the best examples of humankind’s potential for acceptance, inclusion, and diversity.
And while there are bumps along their journeys TheShop is a place youth do not need to walk that path alone. A place to feel connection and belonging knowing we accept them as they are…. No strings attached.
And we love donations!! It’s like having birthdays all year long.
Financial Dollars buy us goods and supplies. Some are boring like brown C fold restroom towels and some are exciting like root beer and ice cream for an impromptu birthday social.
Food Donations keep youth engaged and happy. Cheese sticks, Chocolate Milk, Trail Mix, or Granola Bars. Fresh fruit and cookies are always welcome.
The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center (dba TheShop) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
You may send your financial donation by check or money order payable to:
The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center
723 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Wilder Foundation findings on the Social Return on Investment for Minnesota Youth Mentoring Programs shows that they:
- Improved school attendance
- Reduced truancy
- Improved health
- Reduced juvenile crime
- Reduced costs of adult crime
Plus, if these at-risk youth aren’t given a productive, creative outlet for their energy, there is even a larger cost to our community.