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Where are they now: Lessons Learned through Ryder’s Riches LLC

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Ryder Matz, the 11-year-old owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC, started out the year strong.  He worked with his mentor Leroy Williams, Founder and CEO of CyberTeKIQ, to create a business plan.  He acquired a new gumball machine, effectively doubling his Travelling Gumball Machines that spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area.  The Town of …

Meet a Mentor: Raju Patel, Denver Market President, Bank of America

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is so pleased to introduce the third presenting mentor in our 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition: Raju Patel, Senior Vice President, Denver Market President, and Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America.  One lucky winner of this year’s 19th annual event will work with him throughout the coming year to …

Teen Entrepreneurs to Face Adults in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition for Chance to Win $100,000

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Event follows last year’s grand prize win by teen entrepreneurs When two teen entrepreneurs competed in Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Competition, few expected that they would take home the Grand Prize, an award worth $100,000.  Their win surprised and delighted the crowd and has inspired a new group of young entrepreneurs. For a second year, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and Young …

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Where are they now? YouthBiz Stars Winner Yard Boyz Plans for the Future

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When Yard Boyz won Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars in 2019, owner Jack, then 17, was astounded.  A few years ago, he didn’t really consider his “gig” a business—he just mowed a few lawns every week for neighbors and friends.  Now, after seeing Yard Boyz grow roughly 400 percent this season, there’s no denying that this isn’t just a business, it’s …

Meet a Mentor: Jena Hausmann, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado

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Three winners of the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition gain a cash prize and something even more valuable: a pairing with a Denver-area business leader to help guide and improve their business.  For this 19th annual event, one lucky winner will be paired with Jena Hausmann, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Hausmann pursued the health administration field …

Meet a Mentor: Bob and Judi Newman

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Each year, the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition pairs three Denver-area business leaders with three up-and-coming youth entrepreneurs.  The first mentors we are highlighting for this year’s 19th annual event are Bob and Judi Newman, retired business leaders and pillars of the Denver community. Both Bob and Judi held long, successful careers in the computer industry and software development.  …

Providing Access to Opportunities with Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

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A good entrepreneur can solve unique problems and adapt to dynamic situations. They see a problem and work towards a viable solution. Here at Young Americans Center, Denver’s inner-city youth are learning the important skillsets of being a great entrepreneur through the YouthBiz program – skills that are applicable no matter what career path they decide to explore. Despite many …

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YouthBiz Partner Offers Virtual Summer Program for Teens

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For a second summer, YouthBiz is partnering with Read More Co for their Stay F.R.E.S.H.™Entrepreneur Program.   This eight-week session is great for teens who already have a business, are thinking about and want to start a business, or are completely new to the concept of entrepreneurship. Virtual sessions take place on Thursdays this summer from 12:00-1:30pm and only cost …

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Former Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner Turns Talent into Hope

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Thirteen-year-old Hannah Reyes is providing hope and help to communities throughout Denver through her business, HER Designs.  Sewing a total of 600 face masks in the last two months, Hannah has donated more than a third of them to local nonprofits. In the basement “shop” she’s created in her family’s Greenwood Village home, Hannah typically sews fabric rosettes that she …

Virtual Programs are Here!

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education has launched registration for 28 Virtual Program offerings!  These three- or four-day sessions provide fun, engaging activities while preparing youth for the future.  Below is a sneak peak at some of our favorites! Money Money Money Students wrapping up first or second grade this school year can take a deep dive into all things …