Denver Startup Week + Carboard = Virtual Gloves (What?)

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On Tuesday, September 17, four different youth entrepreneur groups brought together more than 60 people to host a competition around design thinking and rapid prototyping.  This youth-focused event during Denver Startup Week was called the Competitive Idea Lab.  It started with a challenge and ended with product.  This is how it happened… Addressing the challenge Young Americans joined forces with …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Books for Learning to Talk to Kids About Money?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. In today’s mobile world, iPhone and iPad apps are a great, quick way for kids to learn, experience and practice a financial concept.  You can check out my suggestions for mobile financial games and tools here.  However, sometimes we all need a bit …

We’re Going Mobile

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Come join us! We know our customers hail from all over Colorado, plus every other state in the country and twelve other countries.  That means it’s not always east to come into Young Americans Bank to make a transaction or check your balance. Unveiling the app We’re making things easier by adding a new phone app that lets our bank …

Making $ense of All the Different Cents

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At Young Americans, we teach about saving, needs versus wants, entrepreneurship and what it takes to run a business.  But sometimes the cents don’t add up.  So, this month we are focusing on foreign currencies.  Our Concept of the Month is; Euro, Peso, Dime.  We want to introduce the importance of global money and why it’s different all around the …

Ask Amy: How Do I Talk About Money at Home?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. Just like with other difficult and personal topics, often it’s hardest for parents just to begin the conversation. A frequent question I am asked is, “When should I start talking to my kids about money, and how do I have that conversation?” My …

Spring Cleaning Family Costs

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The following post is written by the father of two account holders at Young Americans Bank.  The family recently undertook an interesting financial exercise that could be great for other families to try! A unique budgeting exercise This Spring we tried a new tactic at home to engage our children with family budgeting. At our house we have two kids …

Investing in Bulls or Bears

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At Young Americans, we focus a lot of saving.  We talk about “paying yourself first” and we give suggestions for breaking out your paycheck into separate buckets. One thing that we don’t talk as much about is investing, but it’s something we get a lot of questions about.  This month’s Concept of the Month is all about investing.  I hope …

Ask Amy: How Do I Budget with My Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. A budget is one of the most important tools individuals and families can have to guide their money use and financial conversations. So often, parents are caught up in the daily grind of work, whipping up meals, taking kids to activities, and ensuring …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Money Apps for Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. With teens constantly tapping away on their smart phones and little ones begging for access to parents’ iPads, the question arises: what are some engaging, appropriate, and educational apps for my kids?  Watch this short video below as I suggest two of my …

Refreshing. Delightful. Lemonade!

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It’s that time of year again.  Every spring, thousands of youngsters break out the water pitcher and sugar jar, drag out the card table, design a sign, and start selling lemonade.  It’s time for Lemonade Day Denver! A great partnership Young Americans is once again partnering with Lemonade Day Denver to encourage young people to start businesses early.  Lemonade Day …