Margaret Kelly and YACFE building

Meet a Mentor: Margaret Kelly

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is pleased to introduce you to Margaret Kelly, the retired CEO of RE/MAX, who is generously serving as a mentor in this year’s Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition. Margaret Kelly’s first job was working in her dad’s machine shop in Detroit, Michigan.  Starting at age 12 until she was 22, Margaret regularly worked …

Meet a Mentor: Scott Wylie, First Western

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Every year, the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition pairs three Denver-area business experts with three up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs.  The first mentor we’d like to highlight this year is Scott Wylie, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of First Western. Mr. Wylie has much to offer a budding business person.  He has spent 31 years in the banking and finance industry, founding …

Five Tips for Helping Kids Learn Money Smarts This Summer

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If you’re a parent, you’re probably hoping to make the most of summer by including both fun and learning in your plans!  Young Americans wants to our ideas for how you can help your kiddo learn money smarts this summer. Tip 1: Sidewalk Stand The old-fashioned lemonade stand is a great way for kiddos to get a taste of business. …

Meet a Board Member: Heather White, Vectra Bank

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is fortunate to have a knowledgable and dedicated Board of Directors.  This month, meet Board Member Heather White, Executive Vice President and Community Banking Director for Vectra Bank Colorado.  Heather is responsible for all personnel in Vectra’s 37 retail branches and leads teams in business development, business banking and the client service team.  She …

Meet a Board Member: Stephanie Bendrick, Empower Retirement

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This month, we’d like to introduce Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board Member Stephanie Bendrick. As the Vice President of Transformation and Innovation for Empower Retirement, Stephanie works closely with the business, IT and product organizations to implement the Empower enterprise roadmap.  She joined the organization in 1997, and her career at EMPOWER / Great West Financial includes experience in compliance, …

Youth Advisory Board Member’s Transformative Experience

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Being a Youth Advisory Board member is a truly transformative experience. No matter your interests, you can benefit a great deal from being a part of the board. Interested in business? The Board can teach you about banking, give you meaningful networking experiences with prominent professionals in the Denver business community, and provide meaningful experience with the inner workings of …

Andrew at Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars in 2013.

Meet a Board Member: Andrew Hageman, Co-Chair, Youth Advisory Board

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This month, we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Hageman, a Junior at George Washington High School who just completed his term as Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Board.  You could say that Andrew grew up at Young Americans Center for Financial Education! After he opened his first savings account at Young Americans Bank, Andrew became fascinated with collecting coins from …

How you can Celebrate Financial Literacy Month!

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Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month?! While we encourage practicing good financial habits all year long, it’s wonderful to see such an important and necessary part of all of our lives celebrated and acknowledged for an entire month. But, what exactly IS financial literacy? What does it mean, and why is it important? Financial literacy is …

Children’s Online Privacy Policy

Young Americans is committed to protecting the privacy of children who use our site and programs. The Children’s Online Privacy Policy explains how we collect that information, disclose that information, and how we obtain parental consent with respect to information provided by children under the age of 13. This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection …

Welcome to the new YACenter.org!

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You might have noticed that our website has a brand new look and feel.  This redesign is our organization’s effort to make our website both more responsive and more easy to navigate.  Here’s a quick tour! Arrive at yacenter.wpengine.com and you’ll notice that the main navigation looks a little different.  Four colored buttons will take you directly to our Bank …