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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 …

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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 …

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 …