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Youth Advantage


New or gentle used youth sports equipment will be collected at the entrance to Stillwater’s Pony Stadium at the start of the Thursday, Sept. 15 Varsity Boys’ Soccer game and the Friday, Oct. 7 Varsity Football game. Look for the Youth Advantage banner at the entrance. Donated equipment helps young people from families in need in District 834 participate in Stillwater-based athletics programs.

A tax receipt will be provided. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Youth Advantage will accept all tax-deductible donations of new or gently used YOUTH sports equipment and band/orchestra instruments, but we are especially looking for the following equipment:

NEW or gently-used soccer balls
Soccer cleats, shorts, shin guards
Black football pants in all sizes
Football cleats
NEW or gently-used basketballs
Volleyballs, volleyball shoes and kneepads
Band/orchestra instruments especially string instruments


The rain didn't stop us!

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Thank you so much for everyone who attended the Stairs of Stillwater walk yesterday! Despite the rainy morning, there were smiles everywhere and the volunteers along the route who were serving as crossing guards and route guides said they didn't hear anyone complain about the weather. As mentioned previously, we Minnesotans are a hearty bunch and make the most of every day no matter what weather is thrown our way. We appreciate your support!

Our Mission

Youth Advantage aims to provide access to arts, athletics, and educational-enrichment experiences for children of financially-challenged parents or guardians who reside in District #834 boundaries.

Youth Advantage recognizes that giving children these opportunities puts young people on a path to success.

Youth Advantage helps young peopleā€¦

  • Participate in athletics
  • Pursue their passion in music, fine arts, or theater
  • Join a science or computer program
  • And more!

Youth Advantage is a nonprofit organization that provides eligible young people access to activities offered in our community through financial need-based scholarships and loan of new or gently used athletic equipment, musical instruments, or other necessary items.

Families who live in Independent School District 834’s boundaries and 1) whose children qualify for free or reduced-fee lunch programs, or 2) who have experienced a recent financial hardship, likely qualify for a Youth Advantage Scholarship. Serving students in grades K-12.

Assistance is available to qualifying youth for:

Contact Youth Advantage to learn more.

Thank you Barry Manilow and Xcel Energy Center for the donation of musical instruments to Youth Advantage! April 2012. Mr. Manilow "tweeted" about the donation (see his tweeted photo and caption on left).

A Testimonial To Make Your Heart Sing...

During a time of need Youth Advantage has been a wonderful gift to our family. Our son, Christian, wanted to participate in a youth choir event with the district, but due to a recent job loss, 2 children, and a new baby, there was not enough money for extra activities. After contacting Youth Advantage, he was able to receive a scholarship to participate. The people were extremely helpful at Youth Advantage and we were able to now afford the cost. Christian gained confidence in performing in front a group and increased his enjoyment of singing. Christian enjoyed the choir so much that he hopes to be in it again next year. What a wonderful experience for an 11 year old, all thanks to Youth Advantage. The exciting news was also to know he can enroll in other classes and sports events during this year and qualify for additional scholarships. What a wonderful program, someday we hope to give back to Youth Advantage, but for now, we are grateful.