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Youth Advantage Receives Memorial Donations

Youth Advantage is sad to share that our Board member Jennifer Siedow's son passed away recently. Nathan Martindale, a SAHS graduate, was an avid athletic participant and fan. They have chosen Youth Advantage to receive donations in lieu of flowers. Nathan's memory will continue to live on through these gifts which help children, whose families cannot afford the fees, find and pursue their passions in the sports that Nathan loved, including hockey, golf, football, and baseball. We hold Jennifer and the rest of Nathan's family and friends close in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Obituary for Nathan Ryan Martindale

Nathan Ryan Martindale, 23, of Bloomington, MN, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2022.

Nathan was born on January 29, 1999 to Ryan Martindale and Jennifer Siedow in Burnsville, MN. Nathan graduated from Stillwater High School in 2017. He went on to study business at California State University San Marcos and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration with a minor in finance.

Nathan was the oldest of three children. He loved sports- both playing and watching- including hockey, golf, football and baseball. He enjoyed watching the sunset at Sunset Cliffs and walking around Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. He loved to work out. He adored his younger brothers and his cat Ash.

Nathan is survived by his parents, Jennifer (Chris) Siedow and Ryan (Nikki) Martindale; brothers, Nicholas and Andrew Martindale; grandparents, John and Adrienne Deblon and Barb Martindale; step brothers, Alex (Kaylie) Siedow, Matt Siedow, and Jack Siedow; and cousin, Sara Zeigler. Nathan was greeted in heaven by his grandfather, Bill Martindale; and uncle, Shawn Martindale; along with his beloved dog, Jake.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nathan's memory to Youth Advantage ( Nathan was an avid sports fan and participant. Youth Advantage helps kids in the Stillwater Schools area with financial assistance to participate in athletics, arts, and educational-enrichment opportunities.

Memorial Mass to be held on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55437. Visitation beginning at 9 AM. Mass at 11 AM. Reception to follow at the church.

For those who are unable to attend in person, a livestream of the Mass will be available at

Fund a Child's Passion

Youth Advantage's mission is funded solely through the generosity of financial donations. Please consider making a financial gift today to fund a child's dream.

  • $1,200 funds one year of math tutoring for a child.
  • $1,000 funds one participant in Brave Bold Girls.
  • $650 funds a family for one year of extracurricular activities.
  • $250 funds one year of extracurricular activities for a child .
  • $110 funds an extracurricular activity for a child.
  • $60 funds use of a band or orchestra instrument for one child.

Donations can be made through our secure, online donation organization (see information above)  or can be mailed to:

Youth Advantage
P.O. Box 11
Stillwater, MN 55082

Youth Advantage is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization so your donation is tax deductible. A receipt for your donation will be mailed to you.


YOUTH ADVANTAGE is currently seeking the donation of the followng gently-used equipment:

  • Musical equipment (violin, viola, cello-tenor, cello-baritone, bass violin, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone-alto, saxophone,-tenor, saxophone- baritone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, cornet, trombone, french horn, baritone, tuba, and drum kit)
  • TI-83 graphing calculators
  • New or gently used youth athletic equipment (especially high-quality name brands)


  • Feel free to drop your equipment off at our office (904 Fourth St. S., Suite 300 in Stillwater-- behind Healing Within Accupuncture; our office is on the the south side of the building. Our door faces the parking lot.) on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Or call 651-214-9799 to arrange for our Equipment Manager, Dan Ridgway, to pick up the equipment from your home or office in the Stillwater area.

Volunteer Opportunities at Youth Advantage

Youth Opportunities

  • Organize an equipment donation drive. We are in need of new and gently-used athletic and musical equipment (see Donate tab for specifics). Email or call to learn more!
  • Volunteer on a weekly or bi-monthly basis at Youth Advantage where you will help make the gently-used equipment look like new so that the child who needs it feels excitement and pride when he/she wears it for the first time. Once the equipment has been spiffed up, we need help organizing the equipment on our shelves.

Adult Opportunities

  • Volunteer on one of our fundraising committees
  • Volunteer on our Board of Directors (please contact the Executive Director regarding current vacancies and to see if your skillset matches those vacant position needs)

    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).