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Where are they now: Lessons Learned through Ryder’s Riches LLC

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Ryder Matz, the 11-year-old owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC, started out the year strong.  He worked with his mentor Leroy Williams, Founder and CEO of CyberTeKIQ, to create a business plan.  He acquired a new gumball machine, effectively doubling his Travelling Gumball Machines that spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area.  The Town of …

Meet a Mentor: Raju Patel, Denver Market President, Bank of America

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce the third presenting mentor in our 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Raju Patel, Senior Vice President, Denver Market President, and Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America.  One lucky winner of this year’s 19th annual event will work with him throughout the coming year to …

Teen Entrepreneurs to Face Adults in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition for Chance to Win $100,000

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Event follows last year’s grand prize win by teen entrepreneurs When two teen entrepreneurs competed in Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Competition, few expected that they would take home the Grand Prize, an award worth $100,000.  Their win surprised and delighted the crowd and has inspired a new group of young entrepreneurs. For a second year, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and Young …

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Where are they now? YouthBiz Stars Winner Yard Boyz Plans for the Future

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When Yard Boyz won Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars in 2019, owner Jack, then 17, was astounded.  A few years ago, he didn’t really consider his “gig” a business—he just mowed a few lawns every week for neighbors and friends.  Now, after seeing Yard Boyz grow roughly 400 percent this season, there’s no denying that this isn’t just a business, it’s …

Meet a Mentor: Jena Hausmann, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado

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Three winners of the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition gain a cash prize and something even more valuable: a pairing with a Denver-area business leader to help guide and improve their business.  For this 19th annual event, one lucky winner will be paired with Jena Hausmann, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Hausmann pursued the health administration field …

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Where are they now? YouthBiz Stars Winner HER Designs Responds to COVID Crisis

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Hannah Reyes, the 13-year-old owner of HER Designs, has operated her business for five years now.  Her best-selling product is a fabric rosette hair clip, but she also creates mini-personal safety alarms that use the same signature flower. In the wake of COVID-19, Hannah expanded her product line to include masks.  “I realized that I have the resources, materials and …

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Colorado's Top Youth Entrepreneurs The Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition recognizes the incredible achievements of young people who are operating real businesses with real customers and real profits. Process Each year, we scour the state for creative and motivated entrepreneurs ages 6-21.  An independent judging panel evaluates the applications based on the execution of their business plans.  The judges ...

Providing Access to Opportunities with Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

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A good entrepreneur can solve unique problems and adapt to dynamic situations. They see a problem and work towards a viable solution. Here at Young Americans Center, Denver’s inner-city youth are learning the important skillsets of being a great entrepreneur through the YouthBiz program – skills that are applicable no matter what career path they decide to explore. Despite many …

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“I Wish I Had This Growing Up”

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Daniels Scholar Interns Share Their Summer with Young Americans Center As four Daniels Scholar interns join the staff at Young Americans Center for Financial Education this summer, we couldn’t be more thrilled.  These four individuals help deliver a hands-on lesson in financial education in a professional, fun, and accessible way! Michelle Lopez, age 20, is a Finance and Journalism major …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Teaching the Financial Building Blocks with Mohar Charitable Foundation

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Financial literacy – the ability to understand and effectively apply various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing – is increasingly important in today’s world. Beginning to teach kids at a young age about finances is the best way to ensure that they grow up to be self-sufficient, financially literate adults. Since 1988, the Center’s programs, through the …