On January 29, 2018, the SEC Music Festival was held at Stillwater Area High School. The guest conductor for the All-Conference Choir was Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Here is a two minute clip that Mr. Wondemagegnehu approved for Youth Advantage to use which shares his personal story on the value of the arts. This video emphasizes the need for Youth Advantage in our community and throughout the United States.
Youth Advantage is pleased to announce that our 5th annual 5k Stairs of Stillwater family-friendly fundraiser walk will be held in conjunction with Stillwater's popular HarvestFest. On October 13, 2018, this fun walk with a new route will start in Pioneer Park at 9:30 a.m. winding walkers through the hills and staircases of Stillwater, landing them in the heart of HarvestFest's activities in Lowell Park. What a great way to start the day, getting in a heart-healthy walk, then we hope you stay to observe the gigantic pumpkins that are brought in from all over the Midwest to compete for the World's Largest Pumpkin, listen to the live music, and enjoy all of the other festivities that occur on Saturday morning and afternoon at HarvestFest! Specific details about the walk will be available by September 1, 2018 but mark your calendars now!
Our sincere thanks for supporting Youth Advantage by
attending our Mardi Gras fundraiser. It was an amazing evening again this year and it raised over $40,000, a $5,000 increase over last year! Special thanks to KOOL 108 and KARE 11’s Lee Valsvik, our Celebrity-Emcee, and Guest Auctioneer, Beau LaBore, Stillwater Area High School’s Head Football Coach.
Because of you, we can engage over 300 children into two season-long activities each this year! On behalf of these kids, thank you for your support and generosity!
As part of its Hockey Day Minnesota line up of hockey games from morning until night on Saturday, January 21, 2017, Fox Sports North produced several stories related to hockey from all over the state of Minnesota. Youth Advantage was selected to be one of those stories. Youth Advantage is grateful to Fox Sports North for doing such a fantastic job capturing what our mission is through this story.
Youth Advantage held a community open house after its Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on September 26, 2017 at its new office which is located at 904 4th St. S. in Stillwater. There was live music, games, light snack and beverages. Youth Advantage's staff and current, past, and honorary members of its Board of Directors were on-hand to greet community members.
After seven years at our original location, Youth Advantage simply outgrew its space! Our new location is modest, but solves all of the previous space issues and has room for future programming. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, either by volunteering your time during the move, participating in the Stairs of Stillwater or Mardi Gras fundraisers, the annual campaign donation, or however you lend us your support—thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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 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.
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.