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Youth Advantage - Golden Ticket Winner on Give to the Max Day!

04:00 Nonprofit Golden Ticket



  • Every hour throughout Give to the Max Day 2014, we will randomly draw one donation made on GiveMN.org to a nonprofit and one donation to a school.
  • That nonprofit and school will receive a Golden Ticket prize grant incentive of $2,000 each.

Thank you to all of the generous donors who gave to Youth Advantage on Give to the Max Day as well as in response to our annual ask letter! Youth Advantage does not receive any government funding so we rely solely on the generosity of our community's residents, businesses, and foundations to allow us to continue our mission. We are in this together to make our world and our community a better place! Thank you!

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Mark your calendars-- Friday, February 20th, 2015

Save the Date!

Plan to come in out of the cold for Mardi Gras, an Inspired Benefit for Youth Advantage.

Friday, February 20 at The Loft at Studio J, downtown Stillwater.

This festive evening will feature live music from Good for Gary, live and silent auction, delicious NOLA inspired appetizers and other Mardi Gras surprises.

It will be a night of fun you won't want to miss!


Thank you, thank you, thank you to all volunteers, sponsors, and walkers who made our first annual Stairs of Stillwater fundraiser walk a huge success! The weather couldn't have been better; it was the perfect day to get some exercise and enjoy a day with the community in beautiful Pioneer Park. PowerUp entertained and educated the kids, while Belle Ballet, Standard Protocol and Dayspring Suzuki Studios entertained the walkers when they returned to the park feeling exhilarated and energized from a hilly and stair-filled walk. Mark your calendar for our Mardi Gras gala on Friday, February 20th at the Loft in downtown Stillwater. Keep an eye out for our 2015 Stairs of Stillwater information in the near future. Thanks for supporting our organization; you are helping us make a difference in the lives of over 300 children from families in need right here in the St. Croix Valley.


September 7, 2014 1 p.m.

Starting and ending at Pioneer Park

The Stairs of Stillwater 5K walk brings participants through beautiful downtown Stillwater while providing a challenging walking course of hills and staircases that wind to and from downtown, starting and finishing in Pioneer Park. It is not a race but a great stair climbing challenge with many rewards including beautiful vistas of the St. Croix River valley.This walk is intended for participants ages 12+ who are physically able to handle the challenging 5K terrain. There will also be a 1 mile course beginning at Pioneer Park winding through gorgeous Lowell Park for those desiring a less rigorous course as well as a fun activities by PowerUp for smaller children held within Pioneer Park.

12 - 1 p.m. - Participant Check In/ Registration
1 p.m. - 5K walkers begin
1:15 p.m. - One mile walkers begin
12 - 4 p.m. - PowerUp fun at Pioneer Park- Join PowerUp's staff and Chomp in the park for fun activities for ages 2-12. 9/3/14 We've been informed that Chomp is not able to come on Sunday but the first 50 registered kids on site get a stuffed Chomp! 
12-4 Music & performances in the bandshell
After crossing the finish line of your 5K or 1 mile walking course, join fellow participants in the park for healthy snacks. All pre-registered participants are automatically entered into a drawing for valuable give aways - find out what you can win at the park!


Register by August 31st to receive a Stairs of Stillwater infinity bandana. Onsite, day of event registration is available. Note, bandanas are limited and not guaranteed for  day of registration. All participants will receive a full color folded map of the walk route.

Family Registration (maximum of 2 adults, children under 18 years from one household): $50 in advance, $75 day of event.
Individual Registration: $20/adult, $10/child in advance, $25/adult, $15/child day of event.

Donate $100 to show your "sign of support" for the event. The sign will be displayed along one of the routes (a great photo opp for you/your family/your business as you pass by it on your walk - tweet it to YA's page or to your own, share it at #stairsofstillwater).  An 18 x 24 inch yard sign with a message - (The Smith Family, Abby & Jacob, Smith Realty) Supports Youth Advantage - can be purchased on our website in the SOS registration.

Youth Advantage welcomes donations of new or gently-used youth athletic equipment and musical instruments. Please bring your donations to the check in table in Pioneer Park.

Start & Finish lines at Pioneer Park
515 N. Second St. Stillwater, MN
(Intersection of Second & Laurel Street)
Free street parking and many free & paid parking lots throughout the city. Consider the parking lot on Main Street across from the Washington County Historic Museum and take the flight of stairs located south of the Museum up to the park.
Map of Downtown Stillwater Parking Lots

PowerUp has generously offered to provide scholarships to families who qualify for free or reduced-fee lunch who would like to participate in this event! Contact Youth Advantage at info@youthadvantage.org to request a scholarship.


Presenting Partner

Bronze Level Sponsors ($250)

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.