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YouthBiz Winner Recognized by School Board

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Every year the Young American’s Center for Financial Literacy holds a statewide business competition for youth ages 6 to 21 who own and operate their own business. This competition is separated into 3 age categories and based on a variety of aspects of the youth’s business. On Thursday, November 9, 2023, Jefferson County Public School District had a board meeting, …

Entrepreneurship Shark Tank Competition at Aspen Crossing Elementary

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  On May 22nd the 5th graders at Aspen Crossing Elementary presented their product ideas in hopes of beating out their peers in the YouthBiz StartUp Shark Tank Competition. The competition was split into two rounds, with semifinals and then finals.  Each group presented their business ideas and product prototypes to judges, professionals from the Denver area, in 3–5-minute business …

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World Denver Students Experience Entrepreneurship with YouthBiz

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This month, Young American’s YouthBiz teamed up with World Denver. High school age students from Africa learned about the entrepreneurial process. Students who had never worked together joined as a team to create a product or service.  All groups created services or products to help serve their community back home. Students thought of a problem and worked together in small …

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Sponsor Spotlight: FirstBank’s Commitment to “Banking for Good”

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FirstBank has been a community bank since their founding in Lakewood, Colorado in 1963. Today, they have over 100 locations throughout Colorado, Arizona and California, as well as one very special branch: the Towne Bank in our Lakewood Young AmeriTowne location. Beyond providing impactful products and services, FirstBank has maintained a strong focus on community service and charitable involvement since …


Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Jonathan Duong, Maggie Turner, Trace Taylor and Matthew Layden

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This month we highlight four terrific students finishing up their year of service on the Youth Advisory Board: Jonathan Duong, Maggie Turner, Trace Taylor, and Matthew Layden. Jonathan is a freshman at Rock Canyon High School. He plays cello in school as well as with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra. He was a District Winner in Battle of the Books and he also swims competitively. Outside …

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Colorado Uplift Students Impress at the YouthBiz Business Pitch Finale

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To start April, YouthBiz hosted the annual Colorado Uplift Competition here at Young Americans Center for Financial Education. We are excited to continue our six-year partnership with the fantastic people at Colorado Uplift. This organization works to inspire the youth in our community to become the leaders of tomorrow! This event had students from four of Denver’s high schools pitching …

YouthBiz Spring Break Mini-Camps return to Ford Warren Branch Library

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To wrap up the month of March, YouthBiz hosted a mini spring break camp at The Ford-Warren Branch Library. The Denver Public Library system has been a wonderful partner since 2017 and we were so excited to be back in person! This camp was free for participants to join, and restaurants in the area generously donated lunches each day to …


Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Jacob Flannigan, Scout Lambiotte, and Andrew Kurtz

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Jacob is an 8th grade honors student at The Manning School where he participates in choir, musical theater and advanced math. During the pandemic, Jacob started following business and financial news and participated in the Stock Market Game with other students. When he had to miss two big school trips because of COVID, his mom opened a brokerage account with …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Coors Foundation Helps Colorado Students Reach Their Full Potential

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Educating youth about the free enterprise system, where the market determines prices, products, and services, is where Young Americans Center and the Adolph Coors Foundation are joining forces!  Partners of Young Americans since 2008, the Coors Foundation believes in fostering an environment where entrepreneurial spirits flourish, helping Coloradans reach their full potential. The Foundation places a high priority on programs that help …


Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Grant Cramer, Karina Kastelic, and Tyler Naha

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Grant Cramer is a freshman at East High School and a real go-getter! Under his leadership as the student body president at the International School of Denver, the student body rallied to challenge the school’s dress code. Upon reviewing the policy, administrators made amendments and now allow students to wear hats and hoodies. Grant is also a compassionate activist. After …