Meet a Board Member: Stephanie Bendrick, Empower Retirement

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This month, we’d like to introduce Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board Member Stephanie Bendrick. As the Vice President of Transformation and Innovation for Empower Retirement, Stephanie works closely with the business, IT and product organizations to implement the Empower enterprise roadmap.  She joined the organization in 1997, and her career at EMPOWER / Great West Financial includes experience in compliance, …

Alpine Bank supports AmeriTowne Across Colorado

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When Young AmeriTowne goes On the Road to communities like Durango and Grand Junction, we rely on community support to make the program possible.  For the last four years, a valuable partner in this work has been Alpine Bank. According to its website, Alpine Bank’s commitment to community investment began with the opening of its first branch in Carbondale in …

Sponsor Spotlight: Learning eCommerce thanks to Colorado Container Corporation

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  Young AmeriTowne provides a real-life learning experience for students throughout Colorado.  Thanks to the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation, part of this experience includes ecommerce—students can purchase a cardboard briefcase “online” that will be delivered to them in their shop. One of the most popular items to buy in Young AmeriTowne, briefcases are generously donated to Young Americans Center …

First Year Teacher Back After a Decade Calls Young AmeriTowne “Most Fruitful of All Life-Skills Lessons”

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Katie Cawley was the College President when she and her 5th grade classmates ran Young AmeriTowne more than a decade ago. This spring, she was back in Towne, excited and feeling “so fortunate for my own students to have this powerful program.” Katie, a first year teacher at St. Mary’s in Littleton, still has her Young AmeriTowne checkbook.  And she’s grateful …

Patty Salazar and Rich Martinez with AmeriTowne students from Black Forest Elementary.

AmeriTowne Students meet Government Official

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Young AmeriTowne citizens from Black Forest Hills Elementary, a Cherry Creek School, met Patty Salazar last Friday.  Ms. Salazar is the State Bank and Financial Services Commissioner who works for the Department of Regulatory Agencies or DORA. Addressing the students, Ms. Salazar said that her job is to make sure that banks and credit unions in the state follow the law because, …

Learning Much More than Business in YouthBiz StartUp Mini-Camp

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For many, Spring Break is a time to travel to the beach or go to Disneyland.  But instead, for some aspiring youth entrepreneurs in Denver, Spring Break meant starting a business! From Tuesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 31, YouthBiz teamed up with three Denver Public Libraries to host mini-spring break camps: Pauline Robinson, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez, and Blair-Caldwell.  The youth …

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Sponsor Spotlight: The Denver Post Provides Real Journalism Experience

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education is all about hands-on real-life learning.  In the Young AmeriTowne Newspaper shops in Denver and Belmar, long-time partner The Denver Post ensures this learning is as real as it can get! Students working at the Newspaper they create a four-page paper every day.  The Editor works with the Ad Agents to design the layout …

Sponsor Spotlight: Alameda Gateway challenges students to build a vibrant community

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Why is community important? Through Young AmeriTowne, a hands-on lesson in free enterprise, fifth graders discover that communities provide resources and support for individuals and families.  Plus, they realize that they can impact their community in a positive way.  A valuable partner in this work at Young AmeriTowne in Belmar is proud sponsor Alameda Gateway. By the time students step …

Meet a Board Member: Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President / Mountain West Region, Comcast

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This month, Young Americans would like to introduce you to Rich Jennings, a long-time Center Board Member and advocate of youth financial literacy.  As Senior Vice President of the Mountain West Region at Comcast, Rich oversees all operations for Colorado and New Mexico, serving more than 2.1 million customers and 3,200 employees every day.  Serving Young Americans since 2006, Rich …

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 …