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Tales from Towne: Life Skills for All Types of Learners

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Students from Fletcher Miller School attended Young AmeriTowne On the Road last week, an experience that helped significantly impacted students work towards their unique goals. Fletcher Miller School, a Jefferson County Public School in Lakewood, Colorado, has been working with significantly impacted youth since 1963.  According to its website, the school’s mission is to “provide access to a high-quality education…that …

AmeriTowne volunteers from Fidelity

Sponsor Spotlight: Fidelity gives time, talent, and treasure

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As part of their preparation for Young AmeriTowne, students learn that philanthropy means giving one’s time, talent, or treasure to help the public good.  When they become citizens of Young AmeriTowne, students can put this learning into action by donating their personal or business profits to the Donation Station! Volunteers from Fidelity Investments in Colorado helped to reinforce this concept …

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Young AmeriTowne On the Road Greeley: The Perfect Way to Learn

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Students from Hygiene Elementary in Loveland were in for a real treat last week.  When they visited Young AmeriTowne On the Road, there was not one, but two Mayors there to greet them: Greeley Mayor John Gates and Young AmeriTowne Mayor, 14-year-old Aiden Wilson. AmeriTowne On the Road, presented by CoBank, is a portable version of the flagship Young AmeriTowne …

AmeriTowne On the Road wraps up in Denver

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As 2017 drew to a close, Young AmeriTowne On the Road wrapped up another successful session in Denver.  Proudly presented by KeyBank, this program served 715 students from around the Denver metro area who experienced their first career for a day.  It was held at Young Americans Center in Denver from October 23 through December 15. My favorite part of …

Sponsor Spotlight: UPS delivers real-world learning

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Have you ever paused to think about how a package lands on your doorstep or how a letter arrives in your mailbox?  The actors behind both of these services are so efficient they are almost invisible.  Yet, they are vital to our community.  Young AmeriTowne makes the invisible visible through the Parcel Service Shop, where youth gain real-world experience delivering …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Thanks for the fun, Fun Services!

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Recently, Young Americans staff received a particularly thoughtful thank you note from an AmeriTowne student.  After thanking the staff and relating how much fun he had in Towne, Will* noted that he was especially grateful for all of the toys he was able to purchase.  “They were so much fun,” he wrote. “Thanks for using real money to buy the …

On the Road Diaries: Episode 2

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Last month we started a new series called “On the Road Diaries,” which gives you a behind-the-scenes perspective to our newest program, Young AmeriTowne On the Road.  This traveling, pop-up version of our flagship free enterprise program has been a hit around the state. Most recently we served schools for 19 days in Pueblo, Colorado.  The community was incredibly welcoming …

Tales from Towne: Who’s the Boss?

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Every shop in Young AmeriTowne has its own responsibilities, ranging from the Medical Center taking care of patients to the radio station playing preferred fifth grade music; each shop is integral to the running of AmeriTowne. Although each shop is different they all have one job in common: the Manager. Each Manager is responsible for a variety of tasks: running …

Tales From Town: Newspaper At a Glance

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Coming to the end of my third week working in Young AmeriTowne, I still find myself mesmerized by how the students are able perform each of their tasks in a short period of time while managing to spend all of their paycheck. Each shop has its own unique services and products that other shops and citizens depend on. One of …

Tales From Towne: Advertising 101

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At the beginning of the day whoever is leading Towne asks the students what to do if a product is selling out quickly, “raise the price!” is usually the general consensus. But then they’re asked what to do if a product isn’t selling that doesn’t involve changing the price, Towne citizens are sometimes stumped. The answer is to advertise. Fortunate …