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 …

Tales from Towne: You’ve Got Mail!

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Spotlight On: Parcel Service If you were to ask me which shop demands the most of its employees over the course of the day, the Parcel Service would certainly be somewhere at the top of my list.  A small storefront nestled at the end of Profit Parkway, the Parcel Service, sponsored by UPS, plays a major role in the success …

Get Your Girl Scout Cookies!

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Now that Cookie Season is almost over, what is your troop going to do with all their free time and (more importantly) their cookie money? While Young Americans Center won’t tell girls what to spend their money on, we can help them learn to make smart financial decisions while having fun. We’re pleased and honored to be partnering with Girl …

An Alumni Perspective

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Kalen Acquisto was a long-time participant in everything Young Americans.  From an early age, she held a bank account and participated in a variety of classes and activities.  As a Program Associate at the El Pomar Foundation, Kalen is expanding her love of philanthropy that started at Young Americans.  Below, in her own words, Kalen shares her passion for Young …