Summer Activities Are Important – Don’t Let Cost be a Barrier!

Published on July 1, 2021 | Written by

Minnesota Afterschool Advance is your student’s ticket to tutoring, music, driver’s ed and more this summer!

Participating in summer activities is important for young people.  Research shows that students learn at about the same rate during the school year, but gaps emerge during the summer when low-income students don’t have access to as many learning opportunities.

Summer activities also provide students with a chance to explore their interests, build social skills, and have fun. That’s why Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA)—a collaboration between Youthprise and Venn Foundation—wants to make sure all students have access to summer activities!

Each student who applies to MAA and is approved has access to $1,000 to help pay for summer activities or a Chromebook. The program is open to students in grades K-12 whose families make $33,500 or less.

Check out the many different types of opportunities available below or at the MAA website.

However, before a student can sign up for these activities, their family must complete a 2021 program application for that student if they haven’t already.


Tutoring

Want to give your student an extra boost this summer? We offer both in-person and online math and reading tutoring from several different tutoring providers around the state. Many are offering special summer packages designed specifically to help your student catch up or get ahead in school over the summer. Thanks to scholarships offered by the tutoring providers, many of these tutoring options are available at no out-of-pocket cost through MAA. See tutoring options.

Driver’s Education

Is your son or daughter ready to learn how to drive? Summer is the perfect time to complete driver’s ed! We have in-person and online providers located all across Minnesota. See driver’s ed options.

Summer Camps

Looking for some extended fun this summer? Check out summer camps available through MAA that allow students to explore virtual reality, speech and debate, science and technology, and more. See summer camp options.

Music, Theater, and the Arts

Want to get your student involved in music or theater this summer? We have offerings from some of the top providers of music and arts education in the state including GREAT Theatre, Itasca Orchestra & Strings, MacPhail, St. Joseph School of Music, and Walker|West. See performing arts options. Interested in art activities like clay and pottery instead? See fine arts options.

Chromebooks

Need a computer for your student this summer? We also have Chromebooks available for no out-of-pocket cost. Limit one per family per calendar year.

Interested families can get started by going to the MAA website to complete an application. There’s also a video to explain how the program works. Families with questions can contact MAA at 612-692-5530 or maa@youthprise.org to learn more.

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