Colorado & Company: Nerdy Crochet

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Have you ever heard of amigurumi?  These adorable, crocheted creatures are a big hit on Etsy, and 15-year-old Josephine “Joey” Stockton is an amigurumi expert.  She’s owned her own business, Nerdy Crochet, for seven months now, and her signature items relate to science, technology, engineering and math—think multi-colored crocheted test tubes or a blood cell biology kit!  Joey is hoping …

Sponsor Spotlight: Safeway Foundation Opens a Miniature Market for Kids

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There’s a brand-new shop in Young AmeriTowne in Lakewood: the Safeway Market!  This mini-Safeway provides a real-world lesson in what it takes to operate a grocery store to fifth grade students from across the metro area. The Safeway Market debuted on Wednesday, March 27 when students from McGraw Elementary school ran AmeriTowne.  McGraw students joined Todd Broderick, Denver Division President …

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 …

Meet a Board Member: Shawn Cole, Executive Vice President, Bank of the West

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Young Americans Board Members support our mission to develop the financial literacy of young people through real-life experiences and hands-on programs purposefully designed to enable them to prosper in our free enterprise system.  This month, we’d like to introduce you to Shawn Cole, Executive Vice President at Bank of the West and Young Americans Bank Board Member. At Bank of the …

Announcing: MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards

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The Office of the Colorado Attorney General, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, is seeking applications from students, teachers, schools and school districts for The MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards! The awards will recognize distinguished school districts, schools and individuals who prioritized personal finance education throughout their school and community. In addition to statewide recognition for the awards, honorees …

Pitch Season for YouthBiz StartUp!

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Students from McAuliffe International and Kepner Beacon Middle School have been participating in YouthBiz Startup enrichment classes the last few months. This week they presented their awesome business ideas! McAuliffe International’s business competition was one for the books! There were six business ideas being presented and everyone talked about their competition, material costs and future goals for their product: The Nomad-A …

AmeriTowne goes On the Road to Colorado Springs

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Young AmeriTowne On the Road served 226 students last week in our inaugural visit to Colorado Springs!  The program was held at the Discover Goodwill building for a week beginning on March 6.  I sat down with Towne Director Chris O’Reilly to hear his highlights from the trip.  Here’s what he had to say: Question: How was your trip to …

Sponsor Spotlight: Amica Empowers Youth Entrepreneurs

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education believes that entrepreneurship is a key to a successful future.  Through the study and practice of entrepreneurship, young people learn skills that will help them succeed in school and in life as they learn how to solve problems and create opportunities. A valuable partner in this work is Amica Companies Foundation which has supported …

Sponsor Spotlight: Innovation Powered by Comcast

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Lauryn is just 12 years old, and she’s already been in business for three years. “Or maybe four?  I can’t even remember!” giggles Lauryn from behind a collection of tiny and adorable potted plants and a sign that reads, “Lauryn’s Chicks.”  A few years ago, Lauryn’s mother was gifted a collection of 35 hens and chicks which she planted in their …