Student wearing an Xcel Energy cap writes product prices on a white board with a pink marker

Sponsor Spotlight: Xcel Energy is Energizing the Future

Carolyn Stevens-Wood General, Get Involved, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

In 2022, the Xcel Energy Foundation revised its grant program to bolster their community impact, better align with the company’s business priorities, and reflect their diversity, equity and inclusion commitments. The new program, Energizing the Future, strategically targets their foundation giving within three focus areas: STEM Career Pathways, Environmental Sustainability and Community Vitality. To further demonstrate Xcel Energy’s commitment to …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Janus Henderson Helps Youth Achieve Their Full Potential

Carolyn Stevens-Wood General, Get Involved, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

Since its inception, the Janus Henderson Foundation has contributed $45 million to thousands of nonprofits and Young Americans Center for Financial Education is thrilled to be one of them! As they help people to reach their goals with their investment products, Janus Henderson also invests in their community. With a mission to help youth achieve their full potential through access …

Winners' reaction to announcement

Young Entrepreneurs Flourish at Aspen Crossing Elementary’s YouthBiz Pitch Finale

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On Friday, May 20th, YouthBiz hosted the finale of our StartUp program for the students of Aspen Crossing Elementary School.  The event took place at MSU Denver’s Science building as a culminating field trip for participating students.  One hundred fifth grade students participated, all hoping to impress local business leaders with their business pitches and prototypes.  Over ten days, the …

Anna Brekken - Colorado and Company May 2022

Colorado and Company: AnnaMade Design Co.

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Anna Brekken, owner of AnnaMade Design Co., was not only a finalist in the 2021 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition, she also runs her own Etsy shop, is a regular vendor at YouthBiz Marketplaces and craft fairs, and – fun fact – she plays the organ(!). Anna has always enjoyed arts and crafts, so when her grandmother taught her …

Money Background

Concept of the Month: Making a Budget

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What Is a Budget? People make decisions about what they can afford, or have enough money to pay for, based on a budget. A budget tracks the amount of money you have, the amount you earn, and the amount you spend. Budgets aren’t just for adults. Kids can make budgets, too. Budgets can help kids figure out how to get …

JP Morgan volunteers hold boxes of supplies they filled for YouthBiz StartUp

Sponsor Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase & Co. Works to Uplift All Communities

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With 56,000 volunteers around the globe donating 383,000 hours to nonprofits, we know that the Denver area employees of JPMorgan Chase & Co. are certainly contributing to these incredible numbers of engagement. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been a community partner of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education for 15 years. They are a strong supporter both in philanthropic …

Vivian Blessing Colorado and Company April 2022

Colorado and Company: Bright Side Wonders

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Vivian Blessing, owner of Bright Side Wonders, is an energetic 13 year-old who somehow manages to balance school, dance, and running a business. Bored during the pandemic, Vivian, age 11 at the time, was looking for a new hobby. After attending a Kidpreneur class online she started to make honey-based soaps and a variety of handmade skincare products that use safe …

Alpine Bank Representative poses with several students while presenting a check for $100,000

Sponsor Spotlight: Alpine Bank brings Young AmeriTowne to the Western Slope

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After a 2 year hiatus, Young AmeriTowne On the Road returns to Grand Junction this month bringing financial literacy education to eager 4th and 5th graders. AmeriTowne On the Road, presented locally by Alpine Bank, mirrors the Denver-based program, but it caters to smaller classes in remote communities. AmeriTowne On the Road will serve 800+ students from School District 51 …


Where Are They Now? 2021 Spotlight On YouthBiz Stars Winners

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Since winning the 6-11 age category last year, Tuff Glasmann, owner of Tuff’s Ranch has seen tremendous success. He and his family moved to a ranch in Bennett, Colorado where his business mentor, Jeff Bennis of Rifkin & Associates, Inc., arranged local mentors for him – 4M Feeders and La Vaca Meat Co. Tuff was able to process six head of cattle, …