Sponsor Spotlight –Jack and Judy Pottle and family support a generation of learning

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The reach of Young Americans is impressive—more than 67,000 young people participate in Young Americans Bank or a program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education every year.  But this reach is even more exciting for those who played a part in the founding of Young Americans, built programs for youth through the first years, and who continue to make …

Meet a Mentor: Bahman Shafa

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education proudly introduces you to another distinguished mentor for this year’s Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition, Bahman Shafa. Bahman has always had a passion for entrepreneurship.  He started his first business in high school when he decided to re-create his favorite chocolate ice cream topping.  After graduating from DU with a business degree, Bahman …

Youth Advise Metro Denver Bank and Nonprofit

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education has announced the names of 17 young adults who will serve on its Youth Advisory Board this school year. Board Members have the opportunity to learn “hands-on” about banking, business and the role of nonprofits in a community while providing valuable advice and insight to Young Americans Bank, the world’s only bank for young …

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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 …