Philanthropy in AmeriTowne

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As part of their preparation for Young AmeriTowne, students learn about philanthropy: how to share their time, talents, and treasure with those in need.  Then when they visit AmeriTowne, students have an opportunity to put their learning into practice at the Donation Station.  Towne citizens can donate their individual or business earnings to one of six Colorado nonprofits, and those …

Spotlight on Board Member Chris Picardi

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When it comes to community involvement, Young Americans Center Board Member Chris Picardi is passionate about financial literacy and helping break the cycle of poverty. He pours his heart, money and free time into a very important cause: helping underserved youth gain financial literacy so they learn how to earn, make and manage money wisely. An AmeriTowne alum, Chris attributes his current …

Giving Our Treasure

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One of the key lessons in the Young AmeriTowne free enterprise curriculum is about philanthropy.  We teach our 5th grade students that philanthropy means giving of your “time, talents, and treasure.” The 5th graders have the opportunity to budget their paychecks and then give some of their AmeriTowne “treasure” during their day in Towne.  Each citizen can donate AmeriTowne dollars …

Doing Your Part

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Our Concept of the Month for May connects with the Red Cross of Colorado’s “Turn the State Red” campaign.  We’re focusing on Philanthropy this month, and we have many ways for you to give back. We’re part of the Red Cross of Colorado’s 100th birthday celebration — and you can be too.   We have canisters at each of our …

Turning the State Red

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This year the Red Cross of Colorado is celebrating its 100th birthday.  Over the past century, the Red Cross of Colorado has helped thousands of individuals and families in times of crisis, and has provided training and support to countless people. At Young Americans, we are always talking about giving back, so we’ve partnered with the Red Cross during the …

Tales From Towne: Donation Station

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In the middle of Young AmeriTowne sits a large setup that is important to all seventeen shops and every citizen. This station does not have hired employees, nor does it sell any products. Yet, it is a crucial element of the town. This station is the donation station. Towne dollars to real dollars Each day at Young AmeriTowne, children may …

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 …

A Unique Bank Transaction

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Meet Remi, Andia, and Brooklyn.  These are not your typical 5th grade girls.  On the ride home from soccer practice, lots of girls would be talking about homework, their friends, and boys.  Instead, driving home these young ladies discussed the devastating floods that impacted thousands of people throughout Colorado.  They decided in the car to create a campaign they dubbed …

Entrepreneur Success: Maia Drugmand, Turtles4Tots

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Maia Drugmand, founder of Turtles4Tots, has done it again! The 11-year-old created her non-profit organization just over a year ago and has been raising money like a pro since then.  She creates magnet turtles from decorated sea shells and sells them for $5 each. In 2012, Maia raised $10,000 to grant wishes to two children with cancer.  Working with Make-a-Wish, …