Young Americans reaches more than 67,000 youth a year in our Bank and Programs.
Learn more and see our programs in action in our video.
About Young Americans
Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a unique organization located in Denver, Colorado. We operate both a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a for-profit entity. While both entities share a common mission, the finances and operations of the two are completely separate. As a pioneer in youth financial education, our signature “hands-on” approach to teaching personal finance, economics, and business was embraced by parents and teachers 20 years before “financial literacy” was defined on a national level, and we remain at the forefront of this growing field.
Young Americans Bank is a for-profit entity, an FDIC-insured, state-chartered bank. However due to the Bank’s educational nature, it does not make a profit. Since its inception, the Young Americans Bank has required annual subsidy to operate. At the Bank’s inception, founder Bill Daniels pledged to fund it in perpetuity, therefore funding comes primarily from Bill’s legacy foundation, the Daniels Fund.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, delivers all our programs such as Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, YouthBiz, summer camps, and others. Young Americans Center receives support from corporations, foundations and individuals that strongly identify with our mission. In addition, we collect fees for some of our programs; however fees cover only a small percentage of our overall programmatic costs. We maintain low fees so students from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to participate.
[ Our Vision ]
Our goal is that Colorado youth grow up knowing how to earn, make, and manage their money wisely, regardless of background. We focus on free enterprise, global economics, entrepreneurship and banking and personal finance with four keystone programs: Young Americans Bank, Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, and YouthBiz.