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AAA Transports Students Across International Towne

With advances in technology, our world seems smaller and easier to navigate than ever before. Friends can Skype from different continents, and a quick Internet search instantaneously displays stunning photos of faraway locations such as the Egyptian pyramids. Yet actual travel still requires research, preparation, and most importantly, a passport. Whether you’re travelling to Mexico on spring break or venturing Read More…

Students Busy at YouthBiz

March has been a busy month so far for students and leaders in our YouthBiz program!  Preparations are well underway for the YouthBiz Spring Marketplace, which will be held Saturday, April 29 at Young Americans Center in Denver.  This biannual event showcases youth entrepreneurs who sell everything from soap to burritos to getting cards.  There are still booths available, but they Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight: Cambiar Teaches 5th Graders How to Invest

Spend, save, share and INVEST wisely. These are the money lessons 30,500 5th graders “learn by doing” each year at Young AmeriTowne. Thanks to our partners at Cambiar Investors, Young AmeriTowne graduates may know more about this complex aspect of finance than many adults. Volunteers from Cambiar Investors, a Colorado-based equity manager and 10-year partner of Young Americans Center, helped Read More…

India: What Moves You?

One effective teaching strategy is to engage students through lessons and experiences that cater to different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic.  At Young Americans Center, our International Towne program embodies this principle by offering students a wide array of jobs–Reporter, Finance Minister, Jeweler, and Salesperson, just to name a few.  When students are truly interested in what they are doing, the Read More…

CoBank sends AmeriTowne to Colorado’s far corners

In early 2015, Erika,* a Pueblo-area 5th grader, awoke to over a foot of snow outside her home. She ran downstairs to confirm—her school was closed due to the weather. She immediately burst into tears. You might think this is an odd reaction for a 5th grader, until you learn that Erika’s school was scheduled to visit Young AmeriTowne On Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight: FirstBank Commits to Financial Literacy

Two thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, according to a 2016 study reported by Fortune. Two thirds—that’s more than 200 million people! Young Americans Center for Financial Education is working to change this gloomy statistic, and for the past 22 years, FirstBank has been a valuable partner in this work. FirstBank of South Jeffco first sponsored Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight: Janus Invests in the Future

Sponsor Spotlight: Janus Invests in the Future At Young Americans, we believe that the best learning occurs when students get to participate—whether it’s opening their own bank account in the Young Americans Bank or running their own shop in Young AmeriTowne. This mission fits in perfectly with Janus Capital Group, a supporter of our programs for the last 16 years. Read More…

Sponsor Spotlight – Xcel Energy

Giving Students Real Energy Savings Experience Every day at Young AmeriTowne there’s a team of students in red shirts all over Towne, reading meters, checking the efficiency of the HVAC system, changing out energy hogging light bulbs and handing out tips on energy efficiency. They’re the business team from the Utilities Shop sponsored by Xcel Energy, a valued Young Americans partner Read More…

Spotlight on Board Member Michael Gersack

Executive Committee Member Michael Gersack of Xcel Energy has been a Young Americans Center for Financial Education board member since 2011.  “Kids and money matters are important to me,” says Gersack, “especially when I see the issues my own teens face.” Michael has a strong background in finance, leadership and the energy industry which he brings to governing Young Americans.  Read More…

Creative Students Kick Up AmeriTowne WOW for Fellow Citizens

Best WOW Ideas Come from Students. Young AmeriTowne has been wowing 5th graders for more than 26 years, and sometimes the best WOW ideas come from a kid. Last year a ten-year-old photojournalist working in the TV Station taught staff how to edit in iMovie, with transitions between clips, words over the shots and even closing credits in different typefaces! Read More…