Sponsor Spotlight: Aegon Transamerica Foundation Prepares Today’s Youth

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A recent report by the Federal Reserve Board finds that four in 10 American families are financially fragile: unable to meet a $400 emergency without going into debt. But there is hope!  Researchers studying financial fragility demonstrate that financial literacy “reduces the likelihood of being financially fragile by more than six percentage points…above and beyond the effects of educational achievement.” …

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Sponsor Spotlight: The AmeriTowne Radio Station delivers real-world skills, thanks to Colorado Public Radio

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One goal of the Young AmeriTowne program is to help students prepare to be successful adults.  At AmeriTowne in Denver, students learn what holding a job is like in the Colorado Public Radio Station.  And they have a blast in the process! The job application process is one example.  By applying and interviewing for an AmeriTowne job, students gain real-world …

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AmeriTowne On the Road wraps up third year in Aurora

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Young AmeriTowne staff members literally “set up shop” in Aurora during the month of April, marking three years of presence in the Aurora community.  This year a total of 537 students participated in AmeriTowne On the Road, presented by CoBank, representing schools throughout the district. The Aurora location made the program accessible for all types of learners.  Principal Jennifer Murtha …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Lessons Made Possible by Colorado Container Corporation

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Complex economic concepts come to life in Young AmeriTowne, and the Containers Shop is no exception. Thanks to support from Colorado Container Corporation, students can experience, not just learn about, supply and demand. On a recent Wednesday, Container Shop Manager Daniel* had a huge smile on his face.  Daniel, age 10, had just increased the prices of his products because the …

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Learning Comes to Life in Young AmeriTowne

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What’s better than a trip to Young AmeriTowne?  A trip that includes a special visit from the top elected official in Colorado: Governor Jared Polis! Fifth grade students from Cherry Drive Elementary were thrilled to host Governor Polis in Young AmeriTowne on April 23 to celebrate Financial Literacy Month.  Governor Polis joined Department of Regulatory Agencies (or DORA) Executive Director …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Real-World Learning in the Schomp Parts & Service Shop

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Today was a busy day in the Young AmeriTowne Parts and Service Shop named, “You Break It Me Fix It.”  Employees performed maintenance for vehicles in Towne and sold lollipops and sunglasses to their customers.  If it weren’t for the size of the shop and the age of the workers, who are all fifth graders at Aurora Academy, you would …

Sponsor Spotlight: Fidelity Investments’ lasting impact on young learners

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It’s National Volunteer Week and a perfect time to shine a spotlight on a Young Americans Center for Financial Education partner that provides time, talent and treasure: Fidelity Investments.  Thanks to Fidelity Investments, young people from all backgrounds receive a hands-on lesson in financial education that lasts into adulthood. Fidelity Investments has funded the Send-a-School initiative of Young Americans Center …

What makes the newspaper in Young AmeriTowne?

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Extra, extra, read all about it!  Each day, the Young AmeriTowne Newspaper reports the day’s most important news in a real, four-page newspaper.  This real-life experience in journalism is possible because of long-time supporter The Denver Post. Young Americans Center for Financial Education first partnered with The Denver Postnearly 20 years ago to create a life-like Newspaper shop.  Volunteers from …

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 …

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 …