Welcome to the new YACenter.org!

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You might have noticed that our website has a brand new look and feel.  This redesign is our organization’s effort to make our website both more responsive and more easy to navigate.  Here’s a quick tour! Arrive at yacenter.org and you’ll notice that the main navigation looks a little different.  Four colored buttons will take you directly to our Bank …

Sponsor Spotlight: Learning how to use a card, thanks to Vantiv

Janet Redwine International Towne, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

Young Americans Center for Financial Education provides programs that use real life, hands-on experiences for young people to learn about finance.  An important component of these programs is providing opportunities for youth to learn about credit and debit cards, since they are such a staple in today’s economy.  Thanks to Vantiv, each student participating in Young AmeriTowne and International Towne …

Sponsor Spotlight: Comcast

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Without our community partners and sponsors our programs could not be possible. Comcast is our featured sponsor in our monthly “Sponsor Spotlight” series. Close up: Comcast Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to …

On the Road Has Launched!

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It’s official!  Our newest initiative, Young AmeriTowne On the Road, has launched to great success.  You may recall that back in August we showcased our newest mobile, interactive program to our supporters and sponsors.  However, this week was the first time that students had the chance to experience the new setup — and it was a hit! We’ve had five …

Sponsor Spotlight: CoBank

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Tremendous community partners and sponsors that make all of our programs possible.  We’re starting a series called “Sponsor Spotlight” that will highlight how these sponsors are making an impact in communities – and especially with Young Americans. Getting to know: CoBank Although CoBank is one of the top 25 largest banks in the U.S. and has been named one of the “World’s 50 …

Tales from Towne: Welcome Back International Towne

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Hola!  Konnichiwa!  Privyet!  Shalom!  As students, carrying ceremonial flames  and flags representing their countries for the day, stand proudly in front of their peers to present greetings in their “native language” during an Olympic themed opening ceremony, I can’t help but wonder who these kids are going to be when they grow up.  As sixth or seventh graders, many of …

Tales from Towne: Credit or Debit?

Susan Stenhaug International Towne, Young AmeriTowne Leave a Comment

The financial world we live in today has changed a lot for consumers in the past ten years.  We have new tools to make payments such as Paypal or Venmo.  We shop online.  We rarely write checks anymore.  Small businesses accommodate the consumer with card swipe attachments to cell phones and tablets because people are more likely to carry a …

Taking Business to the Next Level

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Wrapping things up Another successful partnership between Young Americans and the gSchool has wrapped up.  The teams (young entrepreneurs and gSchool students) met up three times before the demo day to brainstorm, build, and refine the functions of their unique websites.  Each website ended up as distinctive as the business and business owners.  At Young Americans, we are big believers …

Need Help? Small Business Resources (Part 3)

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We’ve done several posts on great tools for entrepreneurs (here and here).  However, we recently came across this guest blog via VentureBeat that lists some more wonderful tools and apps for startups and business owners. Edward Lakatis, CEO of Zapporoo, compiled this great list we think worth sharing.  Here are a few suggestions to start off: Evernote Business Digg Smartr …

Young AmeriTowne – Upgraded!

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When the first 5th graders walked into Young AmeriTowne on September 10, they had no idea just how special they were. They were the very first youth to experience the “new” Young AmeriTowne. Those 5th graders had never been to Young AmeriTowne before, so they couldn’t recognize any differences. However the teachers sure could! Over the summer, Young AmeriTowne was …