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Start a New Holiday Tradition: Give As a Family

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Kids are generous!  This Chicago seven-year-old raised $20,000 for her local hospital.  Many YouthBiz Marketplace participants donated a portion of their profits to local nonprofits and organizations this year.  And in Young AmeriTowne, students donate a portion of their individual and business earnings every day.  In today’s blog, we want to share some ideas about how families can cultivate this …

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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 …

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Sponsor Spotlight: FirstBank Doing Good in Colorado Communities, Sponsors 11th Annual Colorado Gives Day

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Moving through the fall into the winter season naturally stirs a time of reflection. It has been an incomparable year with many around the world facing innumerable challenges. While these obstacles may seem insurmountable, we have seen by leveraging a renewed focus on collective community support we can and are making difference. Young Americans Center for Financial Education is grateful for the treasured partnership with FirstBank and for their exemplification of steadfast leadership and commitment to community service. In March, FirstBank pushed its mantra of “banking for …

Community First Foundation – Teaching Colorado Kids to Give Where They Live

Betsy Sklar Get Involved, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

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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Sponsor Spotlight: Learning About an Honest Day’s Work with Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation

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The shops in Young AmeriTowne are selected to best represent a real-life, functioning economy. The shops include a grocery store, TV station, a bank, local government, hospital center, and a student favorite – the Container Shop. Representing the manufacturing sector, the Container Shop has been perennial favorite in helping students understand the many rich roles available to them in today’s …

Meet a Board Member: Charlie Maguire

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“When you put your life into perspective, you realize how little time there is to make something truly significant out of it.”  – Bill Daniels Young Americans relies on the leadership of two Boards of Directors to help guide policy and strategic direction of Young Americans Bank and the nonprofit Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  A member of the …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Closing the Opportunity Gap with the Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education (Center) and its supporters believe high-quality, proven programs in financial education should be available to ALL youth, regardless of socioeconomic background. Unfortunately, several barriers, particularly cost, preclude schools serving low-income Colorado youth from enrolling in the Young AmeriTowne or International Towne program. This is where Send-a-School comes in.  Established in 2004, this initiative, which …

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Former Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Winner Turns Talent into Hope

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Thirteen-year-old Hannah Reyes is providing hope and help to communities throughout Denver through her business, HER Designs.  Sewing a total of 600 face masks in the last two months, Hannah has donated more than a third of them to local nonprofits. In the basement “shop” she’s created in her family’s Greenwood Village home, Hannah typically sews fabric rosettes that she …

Meet a Board Member: Debbie Meyers, Bank Strategies, LLC

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Young Americans Bank welcomes a new Board Chair this year!  Debbie Meyers, long-time Board Member of the Young Americans Bank Board of Directors, replaces Jim Steeples who retired from the Board at the end of 2019.  Meyers’ experience and passion will allow her to excel in this role. After earning a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Iowa State …

Resolve to Be Financially Thoughtful This Year

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It’s January, and while New Year’s resolutions are top of mind, here’s some thoughts on thoughtful financial planning for your family and for our community’s future. Being wise about money is for every person at every age.  Setting a good example is one of the ways we can pass along values of thrift and giving back to our children, grandchildren, …