Partnered Program

Connecting Kids has established Partnerships with area Programs to utilize resources and funds in order to provide youth with the opportunity to participate in recreational activities. They have committed to helping your child fully engage in their chosen activity, successfully building relationships and confidence along the way. By working with Connecting Kids, these providers are ensuring that your child will not only have equal access to their chosen activity, but also equal treatment and opportunity throughout the duration of the activity.

Area Programs


  • Mankato Basketball Association

  • MN SE Stars - AAU Basketball

  • Waseca Basketball Association


  • Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association (MAYBA)

  • Waseca Youth Baseball Association (WYBA)

BMX Racing

  • Mankato BMX


  • Minnesota Power Athletics


  • Mankato Children's Chorus

Community Education

  • Lake Crystal Community Education

  • Mankato Community Education

  • Maple River Community Education

  • St. Peter Community and Family Education


  • Dance Conservatory

  • Just for Kix (St.Peter/New Ulm location)

  • Mankato Ballet Company

Driver's Education (In Partnership with MN Afterschool Advance)

  • Lake Crystal Community Education

  • Maple River Community Education

  • St. Peter Public Schools

  • Safety & Respect Driving School


  • City of North Mankato


  • Mankato North Mankato Youth Football

  • Waseca Football Association


  • K&G Gymnastics

  • Mankato Area Gymnastics School


  • Mankato Area Hockey Association

  • Waseca Hockey Association


  • Mankato Area Lacrosse Association

Martial Arts

  • Kawatani Dojo, LLC

  • Southern Minnesota Martial Arts

Music Lessons

  • Mankato Music School

Multiple Activities

  • Lake Crystal Area Rec Center

  • City of North Mankato

  • Mankato YMCA

  • St. Peter Recreation


  • City of North Mankato

  • Mankato United Soccer Club

  • Waseca Soccer Club


  • Mankato Peppers (MAGFA)


  • Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts


  • City of North Mankato : Spring Lake Pool

  • Mantas Swim Team


  • Drama Kids (Mankato & St. Peter location)

  • Mankato Playhouse


  • Mathnasium of Mankato


  • West Area Volleyball Association


  • Mankato Wrestling Club

  • Waseca Wrestling Club

Additional Funding

Connecting Kids has partnered with YouthPrise & MN AfterSchool Advance for additional funding for our families. Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) helps Minnesota families who meet income requirements use the powerful but underutilized Minnesota K-12 Education Tax Credit to help them pay for educational afterschool programs like tutoring, music lessons, and art classes.

MAA pays 75% of the eligible education expenses for activities, up to $1,000 per child in grades K-12. For example, if an activity costs $200, we’ll pay $150, and you pay only $50!

The income guidelines & specific programs are different from our main program.

Income Requirements

To qualify, your household income this year and last year must be $33,500 or less. This number includes your federal adjusted gross income plus:

  • Nontaxable Social Security and/or Railroad Retirement Board benefits received

  • Deductions for payments made to an IRA, SEP, or SIMPLE plan

  • Total payments from programs including MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program), MSA (Minnesota Supplemental Aid), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), GA (General Assistance), GRH (Group Residential Housing), refugee cash assistance, and emergency assistance

  • Additional nontaxable income such as contributions to a 401(k) or deferred compensation plan, workers’ compensation, interest and mutual fund dividends, pension and annuity payments, and grants and scholarships

The following are not included in your household income:

  • Medicaid

  • Noncash benefits from government agencies, such as food or food stamps, clothing, medical supplies, fuel assistance, and child care assistance or payments made to child care providers

Child Eligibility Requirements

In most cases, a child living in Minnesota qualifies if they:

  • Currently are in grades K-12, and

  • Attend public or private school or are homeschooled.

See additional requirements if you have a unique family situation to determine if a child qualifies. (Note: Students and parents are eligible if they have an ITIN—they do not need to have a Social Security number.)

Qualifying Programs

Programs are currently limited to the following:

  • Dance Conservatory

  • Drama Kids

  • Lake Crystal Driver's Education

  • Mankato Ballet Company

  • Middle School After School Program (Mankato CE)

  • Mathnasium of Mankato

  • Mankato Music School

  • Safety & Respect Driving School

  • St. Peter Driver's Education

More Information

Visit Minnesota Afterschool Advance for more information or to apply.