Sponsor Spotlight: AmeriTowne a lot like being an adult, thanks to FirstBank

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Quinn is just 11 years old, but she has a lot of responsibility.  As the Vice President of FirstBank at Young AmeriTowne, Quinn has to make payments, ensure every shop pays off their business loan, and report on the business income.  It’s a lot like being an adult. This experience is possible through the generous support of community partners like …

Why most young people are living on the financial edge and what you can do about it.

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What if you could give the chance at a life-time of financial self-sufficiency to a child for $40? Daniella is 20 and living on the financial edge in Denver. She did some right things: finished high school, works two jobs and helps her struggling family pay their rent. What she didn’t get was a financial education. She doesn’t use a …

Meet a Board Member: AJ Hammerstein, CO-Chair

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A new school year means a new Youth Advisory Board at Young Americans!  This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of the Youth Board Co-Chairs, AJ Hammerstein, who is a Senior at East High School. AJ’s first encounter with Young Americans Center for Financial Education was his 5thgrade field trip to Young AmeriTowne.  AJ wanted to be …

Sponsor Spotlight: Real-life lessons in AmeriTowne, delivered by UPS

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Students, Teachers, and Parents see the value of Young AmeriTowne, a hands-on lesson in free enterprise experienced by more than 34,000 young people every year.  Students gain valuable life lessons while having so much fun, they scarcely know they are learning!  My recent visit to the UPS Parcel Service shop served as a validation that this learning is made possible …

Sponsor Spotlight: Career for a Day at the Lutheran Medical Center Shop

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One goal of the Young AmeriTowne program is to provide students with hands-on career experience. Thanks to Lutheran Medical Center, fourth and fifth graders who participate in Young AmeriTowne at Belmar can explore a job in the medical field. Just like Lutheran Medical Center in Lakewood, Colorado, the AmeriTowne Medical Center shop works to provide quality patient care and customer service.  …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 6-11 Winner: The Lucky Penny

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“What could be cheaper than pennies,” thought Liam Lennon, and a business idea was born! Liam’s business The Lucky Penny creates custom items out of pennies that commemorate special events. His collection of pennies dates back to 1909, so he’s able to make keychains, bracelets and necklaces for just about any request. In working with his mentor Scott Wylie this year, Liam hopes to add online …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 12-15 Winner: Rudspice

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Emily Rudnick started small—creating the perfect blend of spices in the kitchen with her father to flavor her family’s meals. Two years later, this project has grown into a profitable business that has sold more than 1,000 bottles of Rudspice. Ruspice is a proprietary blend of spices created from 15 exotic ingredients. “Its uses are pretty universal,” notes Emily, who particularly enjoys the flavor on scrambled …

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars 16-21 Winner: Elevation Creations

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Brenden Coney is an entrepreneur who solved a big problem—how can a middle schooler make money? Too young to hold a job, then 13-year-old Brenden asked his father to teach him how to do basic woodworking. Over the next five years, this seed of an idea grew into an impressive business. Elevation Creations, which is on track to gross nearly $180,000 this year, sells cutting boards …

Sponsor Spotlight: Fun Services provides real-life shopping experience

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Year after year, students and teachers agree that Young AmeriTowne is both valuable and fun because kids get to be an adult for a day.  Today, we’d like to highlight proud sponsor Fun Services, a local Colorado company, that plays a big role in providing this real-life experience for thousands of young people every year. In order for student participants …

Sponsor Spotlight: Xcel Energy Foundation delivers a hands-on lesson in math and business

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This week, Young Americans is shining a spotlight on a long-time supporter of Young AmeriTowne that powers hands-on learning: Xcel Energy Foundation.  Thanks to Xcel Energy Foundation, students gain real-world experience in math and business while they run their own town for a day. Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness of experiential education in teaching financial education. Researches have found that experiential …