Cory and Jeremiah mentor Natalie

Reach your business goals with a mentor

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Thirteen-year-old Natalie started her first business, called Toy Tossers, last May.  “I guess you could say I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” she said with a smile.  But nothing really seemed right until she decided to create a line of dog toys.  Natalie disliked walking her German Shepherd Margo, so she invented a toy-on-a-stick that provides a dog with plenty …

Promesse with Pop It! popcorn

Sponsor Spotlight: Comcast Helps Entrepreneurs POP

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Going to the grocery store, your options of popcorn flavors are pretty dismal: butter, unbuttered, maybe caramel (if you’re lucky).  Seventeen-year-old entrepreneur Promesse stepped up to provide the good stuff, creating Pop It!, a not-your-typical popcorn business.  Pop It! sells uniquely flavored popcorn such as Oreo, M&M, and even taco – flavors one would dream of finding at the store. …

YouthBiz StartUp judges at Kepner Beacon

Expanding Possibilities in YouthBiz StartUp

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December marked the completion of the fall YouthBiz StartUp session at two Beacon Network schools: Grant Beacon Middle School and Kepner Beacon Middle School.  As the program wrapped up for the fall semester, 33 youth entrepreneurs found new possibilities in entrepreneurship. At Grant Beacon Middle School, a Denver Public School located in southwest Denver, creative ideas impressed staff and judges …

Tania, Owner of Special T Teas

YouthBiz Marketplace Teaches More than Life Skills

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Among the 37 youth-owned businesses at YouthBiz Marketplace at Belmar earlier this month was 17-year-old Tania, creator of Special T Teas.  Months of hard work helped Tania arrive at Marketplace, a story both inspiring and exciting! As a child, Tania suffered a traumatic head injury that resulted in the loss of verbal communication and other learning differences.  “School was a …

Hand holding lightbulb

First Steps to Starting a Business!

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Are you bored around the house this winter break? Do you like to solve problems and think creatively? Then it is time for YOU to start thinking about starting your own business!  Here’s tips from the YouthBiz team at Young Americans Center! Some of the first steps to starting your own business are noticing small problems in everyday life. For …

Young AmeriTowne Medical Center

The Link Between Financial and Physical Health

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Does being financially responsible actually make a person healthier?  Research suggests that this is true.  And thanks to Children’s Hospital Colorado, children can learn the basics of money management at a young age, providing time to practice and perfect these skills well before adulthood. The negative effects and prevalence of financial stress are well documented.  A July, 2018 article in …

I learned it in Young AmeriTowne: Brandon Nieves, Senior Client Advisor at Schomp Subaru

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Schomp Subaru Senior Client Advisor Brandon Nieves has a meaningful reason why you should Share the Love this holiday season.  One of the beneficiaries of Subaru’s annual giving campaign is Young AmeriTowne, a program that alum Nieves credits with providing financial lessons he continues to use today! In 2005, 10-year-old Nieves was a student at Willow Creek Elementary School, a Cherry …

Young AmeriTowne Opening Ceremonies

What Makes a Good Mayor?

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The leader of Young AmeriTowne is a Mayor, an elected position that oversees the Towne’s judicial system, the economy, and the community.  A common question that students ask is, “What Makes a Good Mayor?”  So today, we’re providing some answers, directly from the Mayors themselves! When McGraw Elementary attended Young AmeriTowne in Lakewood last spring, 10-year-old Sarah* led the Towne …

BOK Financial Volunteers

Sponsor Spotlight: BOK Financial Inspires a Financially-Literate Future

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When fourth and fifth grade students from Goldrick Elementary attended Young AmeriTowne yesterday, they had help from eight finance experts!  BOK Financial’s gift of both time and treasure made this day possible. BOK Financial supports the Send-a-School initiative of Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  This CRA-eligible program provides scholarships for Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, and AmeriTowne On the Road, …

FirstBank in Young AmeriTowne

Sponsor Spotlight: How FirstBank Supports Youth Financial Literacy

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Supporting the community is part of FirstBank’s DNA.  FirstBank has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist and contributed more than $60 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations (efirstbank.com).  As a result, we’re proud to highlight the partnership between FirstBank and Young Americans Center for Financial Education that allows youth to learn about banking and finance in …