The Youth Advisory Board at Young Americans Center for Financial Education provides a valuable youth perspective to the organization while youth gain experience in leadership, business, and philanthropy. Each year, two Co-Chairs lead the Board by planning and running meetings, setting annual goals, and checking in regularly with staff. They also help emcee the annual Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars gala! This year’s Co-Chairs are Caroline Burke-Dullinger and Medha Pan, and we’re thrilled to share more about them in today’s blog!
Caroline is a Senior at Colorado Academy in west Denver. She is a member of her school’s swim team and tennis team, and she’s very involved with the Colorado Academy Horizons club which provides educational opportunities for low-income youth throughout the Denver metro area.
When Caroline was 7, she opened a bank account at Young Americans Bank, something she still remembers today. “It was an amazing opportunity to be able to learn about banking, something that’s so integral in daily life, at such a young age,” she says. As a member of the Youth Advisory Board last year and as Co-Chair this year, she’s been thrilled to meet youth from all over the state and to learn more about the work of the organization.
Medha is also a Senior, and she attends Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora. There, Medha is a member of the National Honors Society, tennis team, and Future Business Leaders of America. She volunteers at Parker Adventist Hospital once a week.
Like Caroline, Medha has had a “amazing” experience at Young Americans. Her first encounter with the organization was when she attended Young AmeriTowne in fourth grade, and she knew right away that she wanted to continue her journey. Medha was a member of the Youth Advisory Board last year before rising to Co-Chair this year, and she credits her experience on the board with helping her gain a “better understanding of the real world, developing financial literacy, and learning the importance of teamwork, communication, and networking.”
Youth Advisory Board applications open each January! If you (or your rising 8th-12th grader) is searching for a meaningful and insightful experience, consider applying.