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Resolve to Talk About Money With Your Kids This Year

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The events of the last year have had a financial impact on families across our country, regardless of income.  The Bureau of Labor reported a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December, and The Commonwealth Fund estimates that 7.7 million people lost their jobs between March and June.  CNBC reported in September that 60% of businesses that temporarily closed because of …

Donate Your Tax Refund to Deserving Youth

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Make a difference as you do you taxes this year by donating your Colorado State Tax Refund to Young Americans Center for Financial Education! The Colorado Department of Revenue has offered this “Donate Your Tax Refund to Charity” program for many years, and Young Americans Center is proud to be among the 17 registered nonprofits for a third year.  Through …

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Sponsor Spotlight: How Xcel Energy Supports Our Community

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Community support is central to Xcel Energy’s DNA, but the events of the last nine months have made it even more so. A long-time partner of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Xcel Energy has gone above and beyond to help students, families, businesses, and nonprofits weather the storm. According to Xcel’s Chairman and CEO Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy is …

Community First Foundation – Teaching Colorado Kids to Give Where They Live

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Community First Foundation, organizer of Colorado Gives Day which takes place this year on December 8th, has been a sponsor of Young Americans Center for Financial Education since 2005 when the Center opened it Lakewood location. Over the last 15 years, the Foundation’s leadership support for the Center’s flagship program, Young AmeriTowne (a hands-on, experiential learning program in financial literacy for 5th graders) has directly impacted 151,814 elementary students.   Through its support, Community First Foundation helps deliver the …

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Support Hands-on Financial Education on Colorado Gives Day

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education invites Coloradans to support hands-on financial education programs for youth by donating on Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2020.  This type of education is needed now more than ever! We believe that providing youth with hands-on programs and real-life skills, together with career development opportunities will lead to: financially-independent individuals; financially-independent families; economic development; and strong communities. With no state mandate …

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Concept of the Month: Debit versus Credit

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These two words sound similar, but in fact they are very different: debit and credit.  This month, Young Americans Bank introduces these two concepts to help youth understand what they are and how they are used in the banking world. Credit The term credit relates to borrowing.  When using a credit card, you borrow money from the credit card company to …

Youth Advisory Board In Action with Help from the Executive Board

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This year’s Youth Advisory Board meetings look much different than years before. The Board members logged onto a Zoom call for their very first board meeting on Saturday, September 19. At first, it was quiet and difficult to have a meaningful conversation with people you have never actually met before.  But with help from our wonderful Co-Chairs and moderators Will …

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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 …