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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:

 

  • 4-H “Whether youth are building rockets, raising dairy cows, or writing musical plays, 4-H gives them the skills they need to succeed in life.”  http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-h/about4-H.html
  • Applewood Junior Golf League www.applewoodhillsgolf.com
  • Belle Ballet www.belleballet.com
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Curio Dance and School www.curiodance.com
  • Dayspring Suzuki Studio (string instrument lessons- limited number of scholarships available)
  • District #834 Community Education classes www.stillwaterschools.org/ce
  • Extracurricular fee-based classes, camps, clubs and activities that emphasize arts, educational enrichment, or athletics.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Hidden Pines Ranch Summer Day Camp www.hiddenpinesranch.com
  • Oak Glen Junior Golf League www.oakglengolf.com
  • Off the Wall Studio www.offthewallstudio.org
  • St. Croix Rec Center’s Learn-to-Skate & Hockey Start-up classes www.stcroixreccenter.com
  • St. Croix Valley Athletic Association programs www.scvaa.org
  • St. Mary’s Point Hockey Program www.smphockey.org
  • School sports teams and music programs
  • Stillwater Area Baseball Association stillwaterbaseball.org
  • Stillwater Area Lacrosse Association www.stillwaterlacrosse.org
  • Stillwater Country Club Junior Golf Lesson Program www.sccgolf.com
  • Stillwater Area Fastpitch Association stillwaterfastpitch.org
  • Stillwater Boys' Traveling Basketball stillwaterbasketball.com
  • Stillwater Girls' Traveling Basketball http://www.ponygb.com/
  • Stillwater Swim Club   Call Y.A. at 651-342-1266 for details.
  • Warner Nature Center www.smm.org/warnernaturecenter

Contact Youth Advantage to learn more.


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.