About the Connect Card
The Edina Community Foundation runs the Connect Card Program, an access program to help under-resourced Edina kids access extra-curricular activities in the community.
The Edina Challenge team envisioned a program that would provide a dignified way for struggling Edina families to access existing scholarship opportunities. The Edina Community Foundation stepped up to develop and run such a program, creating the current Connect Card. The Connect Card program allows struggling families a one-stop-shop opportunity to access scholarship dollars throughout Edina and for various activities. For more information on the Connect Card or to apply for a Connect Card, please click here: link to connect card section of website
The other program offered by the Edina Community Foundation to address the extracurricular access gap is ECF’s Park and Recreation Scholarship program. The Edina Community Foundation provides the necessary funding for at-risk kids to participate in City of Edina Parks and Recreation programs free of charge. This scholarship funding allows kids in need the opportunity to participate in such programs as swimming lessons, summer park programs, tennis camps, skating lessons, cheerleading camps, pool passes and art classes. Kids in need can learn, grow and play along with their friends keeping them engaged and occupied during the summer months and after school.
ECF is proud of its leadership role in bringing the Edina Challenge together. ECF is also proud of its own commitment to serving at-risk kids through the Connect Card and Parks and Recreation Scholarships. Kids in need live in Edina, but through the work of the Edina Challenge and its participating organizations, we can ensure that disadvantaged youth in Edina have every opportunity for success.