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TheShop secures Otto Bremer grant

TheShop, a youth center for Brainerd and Baxter youths, recently received a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust for general operating support to fund out-of- school time programs for at risk youth and homeless youth.

TheShop, a youth center for Brainerd and Baxter youths, recently received a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust for general operating support to fund out-of- school time programs for at risk youth and homeless youth.

This grant allows TheShop to provide support and guidance to transitional age youth-ages 14 to 20-through programs and collaborations designed to empower hidden talents, offer knowledge and skills to level the playing fields and support to close opportunity gaps. TheShop helps youth define who they want to be and mentor soft skills necessary for their success as they journey towards maturity.

TheShop is open after school and evenings when there is little adult guidance for teenagers and young adults. It offers programs such as Above The Influence, Bicycle Recycle Project, Service to Community, PCs for People Youth Project, SxTalks and TarTop Gardens.

TheShop has logged more than 6,000 youth visits so far in 2016. For youth with or without shelter it is a safe space to be positively recognized and welcomed, a space to build relationships with caring adults and establish personal connections, a space where loitering will forever remain a welcome activity.

Visit www.theshopbrainerd.org for more information.

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