Spark Change leaders from McAuliffe

A Service Day to Remember

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On Friday, April 5, the student leaders of McAuliffe International completed a whole day of service as the culminating activity of Spark Change, a new program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education teaching philanthropy through service learning.  This outstanding group of 6th-8th graders has worked together since the fall researching local nonprofits and leading their school in collecting change …

Campers at RYOB Summer Camp

Top five reasons to send your child to Young Americans Center Summer Camps

Mary Tallerday-Smith Classes + Camps, Events, International Towne, Programs, Spark Change, Young AmeriTowne, YouthBiz Leave a Comment

Summer will be here before we know it, which means warmer days, vacations, and summer camps for your children!  Keep reading for the top five reasons you should consider sending your child to a Summer Camp at Young Americans Center for Financial Education this year.  And don’t just take our word for it–see what last year’s campers had to say …

Students Spark Change and Support Animals and Families in Need

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This is the time of the year when the Spark Change program has the most impact on the community.  This program provides a hands-on experience in philanthropy as students collect change to donate to nonprofits of their choice. Starting in the fall, student leaders spend time researching and making some tough decisions.  They need to decide who they want to …

Spark Change participants from Peakview Elementary

Peakview Elementary Students Spark Change

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Peakview Elementary School’s Spark Change student leaders gathered Monday afternoon in Centennial to present their completed service project to an organization they cared for deeply, There With Care.  With locations in Denver, Boulder and Redwood City, California, There with Care aids families and children who are facing a critical illness by providing services and support.  The student leaders chose to …

Park Hill Spark Change students

About Spark Change

Every year, teachers use the Spark Change Program to encourage youth development and to teach philanthropy in a fun, hands-on, and meaningful way.  The Spark Change Program: Improves attendance Increases academic effort Sharpens communication and leadership skills Enhances school community and culture Contributes to a positive self-worth Encourages teamwork Drives parental involvement in the school Read more about why Spark Change is a ...

How students sparked change last fall

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It’s the time for giving alright – fifteen schools in the Denver metro area stacked change this holiday season accumulating a grand total of $32,452.46!!! The students in these schools will use the money to complete several service projects in the spring.  But, Inspire Elementary students couldn’t wait until spring; they believed it was important to help out their community …

Spark Change check presentation

FAQs – Spark Change

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Spark Change that may help you understand our program better. How long does the program last?The Spark Change program runs for a full school year. The program starts in September and ends in May. We also offer a shorten version that runs from January to the end of May. What forms ...
Spark Change wall of caring

Spark Change Curriculum

When you sign up for the Spark Change program, you will receive a web link and a password to access the Spark Change curriculum. You will be given this information after you have turned in your school’s letter of intent and have attended a coach’s orientation, which will explain the five phases to the program and the best way to …

Why Spark Change

Every year, teachers use the Spark Change Program to encourage youth development and to teach philanthropy in a fun, hands-on, and meaningful way.  Read what teachers and students had to say about their experience! Park Hill Coach: Thank you so much – the day they picked the three organizations was exactly the reason that we wanted to participate in Spark ...
Students donate at Young AmeriTowne

Sponsor Spotlight: Community First Foundation makes it easy for kids to give

Janet Redwine Spark Change, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

Philanthropy is a central concept to Young Americans. Bill Daniels, the founder of Young Americans Bank, established Daniels Fund, one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain region. As a nonprofit, Young Americans Center for Financial Education relies on community support to deliver its hands-on financial literacy programs. Philanthropy plays a large role in the Young AmeriTowne program, too, …