Why most young people are living on the financial edge and what you can do about it.

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What if you could give the chance at a life-time of financial self-sufficiency to a child for $40? Daniella is 20 and living on the financial edge in Denver. She did some right things: finished high school, works two jobs and helps her struggling family pay their rent. What she didn’t get was a financial education. She doesn’t use a …


Sponsor Spotlight –Jack and Judy Pottle and family support a generation of learning

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The reach of Young Americans is impressive—more than 67,000 young people participate in Young Americans Bank or a program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education every year.  But this reach is even more exciting for those who played a part in the founding of Young Americans, built programs for youth through the first years, and who continue to make …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Schlessman Family Foundation and Imagination

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Bill Daniels, founder of Young Americans Bank once offered this wisdom: “Image a world where people give of themselves simply because they want to.  Not out of a sense of debt.  Or because they want something in return.  No ulterior motives. No feelings of guilt.  Just the desire to give for the sake of giving.  Now, instead of imagining this …


AmeriTowne Citizens Give Time, Talent, and Treasure

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Young AmeriTowne provides students with real-life experience in spending, saving, and sharing their money.  This learning was reinforced with four different presentations in the last two weeks, where students donated real dollars to Colorado nonprofits. As part of the curriculum delivered at school, students learn about what philanthropy is and why it is important.  They learn that philanthropy helps provide needed …


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 …

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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 …

Spark Change participants from Peakview Elementary

Peakview Elementary Students Spark Change

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Peakview Elementary School’s Spark Change student leaders gathered Monday afternoon in Centennial to present their completed service project to an organization they cared for deeply, There With Care.  With locations in Denver, Boulder and Redwood City, California, There with Care aids families and children who are facing a critical illness by providing services and support.  The student leaders chose to …

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Tales From Towne: An Unforgettable Day Becomes a Week-long Adventure!

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It feels like the first day of the 2017-2018 AmeriTowne year was just last week, so how can it be February already?! The year is flying by, which means that in no time at all, summer will be here! Young Americans Center is already gearing up for summer camps and registration has opened up online. There are so many camps …


Every generation deserves a great financial education. A New Year’s reminder about leaving a legacy

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It’s January, and with all the news on federal income taxes and advice on New Year’s resolutions, here’s some thoughts on thoughtful financial planning for your family and for our community’s future. Being wise about money is for everyone at every age.  Setting a good example is one of the ways we can pass along values of thrift and giving …