Summer Camp Bankers

Sign Up for Summer Camp!

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Summer Camp registration is now open for programs at Young Americans Center for Financial Education!  These week-long day camps allow students entering grades three through eight in fall, 2021 to build a business, run a Towne, rule the world, and gain money smarts in a fun, hands-on way. As we plan for summer, we will continue to follow direction from …

What Makes Financial Education Work?

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The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has identified best practices for quality financial education programs. Young Americans Center for Financial Education’s Young AmeriTowne program meets each criteria. The program is loved by kids, teachers, and parents for giving students a hands-on experience in money management and business basics.  Now learn the ingredients that make the Young AmeriTowne program work. …

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Sponsor Spotlight: KeyBank Provides Money Smarts for Life

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education has partnered with KeyBank in bringing real-life youth financial literacy and entrepreneurship training program to Colorado youth since 2001. Since that time, more than 417,881 students have participated in the Center’s hands-on programs, including Young AmeriTowne, International Towne and YouthBiz, that provide “money smarts for life.” In addition to financial contributions, KeyBank supports this …

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Sponsor Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Helping Students Foster a Culture of Inclusivity

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Initiative is a word that gets tossed around as habitual business acumen – but finding examples of those that consistently “walk the walk” can be elusive. True initiative is actually instigating impact. This means doubling down on ambitious goals and bringing others along with you, which is a perennial mindset of JPMorgan Chase & Co., an anchor supporter of Young …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Janus Henderson Investors Teaches Savings to Young Americans

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Experts estimate that four out of every ten Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency expense.  This pre-pandemic statistic was only exacerbated in the last year as businesses closed their doors and unemployment rates rose.  Young Americans Center for Financial Education and proud supporter Janus Henderson Investors are working together to solve this problem by teaching youth about the importance of …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Transamerica Prepares All Learners for their Financial Future

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Financial strength. These commanding words represent a monumental pillar of focus as we continue to collectively navigate through the global pandemic. For many, looking back on 2020 is taxing. A recent research study found that 59% of Americans say they experienced a financial setback in the past year. Turning the page means recalibrating and reevaluating the best ways to grip …

Learned It In AmeriTowne: Everybody Should Do This

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Since Young AmeriTowne began 30 years ago, more than half a million youth have gained a hands-on lesson in free enterprise—a generation of young people.  Ali Mickelson, the Public Affairs Advisor for the Dumb Friends League is fortunate to be among them.  Ali doesn’t remember too many details about her time at Newton Middle School, a Littleton Public School in Centennial, but her …

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Sponsor Spotlight: How Xcel Energy Supports Our Community

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Community support is central to Xcel Energy’s DNA, but the events of the last nine months have made it even more so. A long-time partner of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Xcel Energy has gone above and beyond to help students, families, businesses, and nonprofits weather the storm. According to Xcel’s Chairman and CEO Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy is …

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Sponsor Spotlight: FirstBank Doing Good in Colorado Communities, Sponsors 11th Annual Colorado Gives Day

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Moving through the fall into the winter season naturally stirs a time of reflection. It has been an incomparable year with many around the world facing innumerable challenges. While these obstacles may seem insurmountable, we have seen by leveraging a renewed focus on collective community support we can and are making difference. Young Americans Center for Financial Education is grateful for the treasured partnership with FirstBank and for their exemplification of steadfast leadership and commitment to community service. In March, FirstBank pushed its mantra of “banking for …

Community First Foundation – Teaching Colorado Kids to Give Where They Live

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Community First Foundation, organizer of Colorado Gives Day which takes place this year on December 8th, has been a sponsor of Young Americans Center for Financial Education since 2005 when the Center opened it Lakewood location. Over the last 15 years, the Foundation’s leadership support for the Center’s flagship program, Young AmeriTowne (a hands-on, experiential learning program in financial literacy for 5th graders) has directly impacted 151,814 elementary students.   Through its support, Community First Foundation helps deliver the …