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Sponsor Spotlight: Transamerica Prepares All Learners for their Financial Future

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Financial strength. These commanding words represent a monumental pillar of focus as we continue to collectively navigate through the global pandemic. For many, looking back on 2020 is taxing. A recent research study found that 59% of Americans say they experienced a financial setback in the past year. Turning the page means recalibrating and reevaluating the best ways to grip …

Reaching more than 30,000 youth per year, Young AmeriTowne is an award-winning educational program offered to 4th, 5th and 6th grade teachers to help students learn about business, economics and free enterprise in a fun and hands-on way. The program has received countless accolades for its engaging format and its applicability across all types of student and school demographics.

Sponsor Spotlight: State Farm is on a mission to help people

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With a belief that education is critical for healthy, vibrant communities and that all youth deserve an education that will help them reach their greatest potential, State Farm’s support of hands-on learning at Young American Center couldn’t be more relevant and instrumental. State Farm supports programs that provide today’s youth with the tools and resources which help them achieve life …

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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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Aegon Transamerica Foundation’s Continued Commitment to Community Well-Being

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As states all over the country reel with the ripple effects of the current pandemic, the talk and planning of budget cuts is already proceeding.  School districts, especially, are feeling the brunt of school closures and the “what ifs” for the coming school year.  With Colorado school districts looking to trim millions of dollars from the budget, financial aid programs …

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Sponsor Spotlight: CoBank’s Commitment to Creating Equitable Education for All

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During April Financial Literacy month, there are lots of fun activities for children to learn about important financial topics including savings and the difference between debit and credit. However, uncertainty and anxiety from the fallout from the pandemic has educators and researchers recommending more thoughtful conversations around these topics as well. Articles like Teach Kids about Money in a Financial …

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Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of the West Helps Students Understand Importance of Culture in Global Economics

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Founder and CEO of Techstars, David Brown recently wrote an article titled, “Why Understanding Culture Is Important to Doing Business Around the World” (Inc.com).  Within this article, Brown argues that future businesspeople will make a better impression if they understand the cultures they interact with and travel to as their companies expand around the world.  He goes over five areas …

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Sponsor Spotlight: BOK Financial Inspires a Financially-Literate Future

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When fourth and fifth grade students from Goldrick Elementary attended Young AmeriTowne yesterday, they had help from eight finance experts!  BOK Financial’s gift of both time and treasure made this day possible. BOK Financial supports the Send-a-School initiative of Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  This CRA-eligible program provides scholarships for Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, and AmeriTowne On the Road, …

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Hands-on Financial Education Makes a Difference

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When Skyline Vista Elementary School students visited Young AmeriTowne last spring, they were fortunate to have volunteers from JPMorgan Chase & Co. helping them out.  Melissa Bowman, Casey Karcich, Shanee Ceja, and Lesly Nicole, who all work at Chase, served as “business consultants” in AmeriTowne, helping students determine their pricing strategy, assisting the shop accountants, and reminding students about their schedules.  This …

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Sponsor Spotlight: How Vectra Bank Teaches Kids that Saving is Important

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When the Federal Reserve published the latest Report on the Economic Well-Being in May, 2019, results indicated that although saving rates in the United States are improving, there is still much work to be done.  In particular, non-white and middle-to-low-income adults reported higher rates of financial distress than surveyed white and middle-to-upper-income adults.  Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle W. Bowman …

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Sponsor Spotlight: JJP Family Foundation Involves All Learners in Experiential Education

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin Both anecdotal and research-based evidence suggests that students learn best when they experience a concept for themselves.  The Young AmeriTowne and International Towne programs do just that in the field of financial education.  They allow elementary and middle school students to open their own …