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Philanthropy in AmeriTowne

As part of their preparation for Young AmeriTowne, students learn about philanthropy: how to share their time, talents, and treasure with those in need.  Then when they visit AmeriTowne, students have an opportunity to put their learning into practice at the Donation Station.  Towne citizens can donate their individual or business earnings to one of six Colorado nonprofits, and those Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight: The Colorado Container Corporation

One of the most popular items to buy in Young AmeriTowne is a briefcase from the Container Shop. Hand-folded by hard-working Assemblers, the briefcases hold a citizen’s paperwork, toys, and snacks. And with a starting price of only $3.00, they are a real steal! Briefcases are generously donated to Young Americans Center for Financial Education each year by the Rollie Read More…

A Meeting of the Mayors: Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul visits Young AmeriTowne

On May 11, 80 sixth grade students from Summit Middle School received a special visit from Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul during their trip to Young AmeriTowne in Lakewood.  A program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, AmeriTowne teaches more than 31,514 students a year about personal finance and the free enterprise system in a hands-on, real-life way. Mayor Paul Read More…

AmeriTowne Alum Now a Parent Volunteer

When you hear that Young AmeriTowne has been in existence since 1990 or that it has reached more than 422,000 young people, it’s hard to fully comprehend the impact of the program.  So, while working in AmeriTowne at Belmar last week, I was thrilled to witness first-hand what 26 years of AmeriTowne means–the program is now reaching a second generation of youth. I met Read More…

AmeriTowne On the Road in Aurora

In partnership with Aurora Public Schools, AmeriTowne On the Road travelled to Aurora during the month of April and reached an amazing 991 students!  Presented by CoBank, the Towne of 9 shops was set up inside the Aurora Public Schools Administrative building, a spot centrally located for Aurora schools.  We couldn’t have asked for a better space–it was professional and secure, and Read More…

Board Member Spotlight – Jim Steeples

This month we’d like to introduce you to Young Americans Bank Board Chair, Jim Steeples.  With over 30 years of commercial banking and management experience in the Denver market, Jim provides valuable expertise to the Board and to the customers of Young Americans Bank. Jim first became a member of the Young Americans Bank Board in 2001.  He served for five Read More…

Spark Change: What a few nickels and dimes can do

Spark Change is a service learning and leadership program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education that offers K-8 students the chance to decide how they want to give back to their community and make a difference in the world.  So far this year, students have collected $52,808.54 – talk about making an impact! Over the last 6 weeks, I attended Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight: Practicing “soft skills” at McDonald’s AmeriTowne Snack Shop

One of the most popular and most profitable businesses in AmeriTowne is the Snack Shop.  Inside, AmeriTowne citizens gather at the counter enjoy tasty treats with friends while Snack Shop Cashiers busily serve their customers.  Thanks to Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Denver, students gain valuable real life experience in sales and customer service while working in the Snack Shop.  Read More…

Tales from Towne: Goals

Before visiting AmeriTowne, students meet in business groups at school.  In addition to determining a shop advertising strategy, students set business goals.  When they arrive at AmeriTowne, our staff members display these goals as a helpful reminder. Most days the goals are very similar.  For example, the phrases “Earn a profit for our business after we repay the bank loan” Read More…