November 27, Lenora, Kansas– Business leaders, community members and families gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a brand-new Towne: Young AmeriTowne Kansas. Beginning spring 2019, Young AmeriTowne will bring a beloved hands-on lesson in free enterprise to students in 28 Kansas counties.
Operating in Denver since 1990, the Young AmeriTowne education program teaches elementary students about economics, civics, personal finance, and workforce readiness in a fun, hands-on way. The culminating experience is a dedicated day where students run AmeriTowne, a real town that includes a local government, Medical Center, Newspaper and Snack Shop.
Mirroring the Denver program, Young AmeriTowne Kansas caters to communities in the northwest and north central part of the state. The program is housed at the Lenora Nex-Gen building.
Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. has partnered with Young Americans Center for Financial Education to make this program possible. “We’ve been working on this project for the last two years,” notes Rich Martinez, President and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education. “It is really exciting to see the hard work come to life, and we are grateful to Nex-Generation Round Up for their unwavering commitment and support. Rural communities need visionaries and big thinkers to lead economic development. This team has created a beautiful home for Young AmeriTowne Kansas that will benefit their local communities in so many important ways.”
About Young Americans Center
Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a nonprofit organization committed to developing the financial literacy of young people, up to age 22, through real life experiences and hands-on programs. The Center fulfills its mission by offering programs that complement and reinforce each other to build life skills, work skills and financial self-sufficiency. These include Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, YouthBiz, Money Matters classes, summer camps, and more. In addition, Young Americans Center houses the only real bank in the world for young people, Young Americans Bank, which shares the same educational mission of teaching children to be financially responsible. Since 1987, more than 700,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit www.yacenter.org.