CardRates.com Features Young Americans

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education Gives Youths Real-Life Experiences In Banking CardRates.com published a comprehensive post about Young Americans Bank and Young Americans Center on April 17.  Click to read the full article: https://www.cardrates.com/news/young-americans-center-offers-youth-finance-training/ In a Nutshell: Parents looking for an immersive introduction into banking and finance for their kids can find it through the Young Americans Center for Financial Education (YACFE). …


Young Americans Names Interim President and CEO

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Following the recent announcement that Rich Martinez is stepping down as President and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education and Young Americans Bank, the Young Americans Board of Directors has appointed Andrew Hancock as interim President and CEO while a national search begins for a permanent replacement. Now retired, Andy began his career with FirstBank in Eagle County …


Rich Martinez Moves on After 23 Years of Service to Young Americans Center

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education Will Seek New Leadership as President & CEO Rich Martinez Moves on After 23 Years of Service to the Organization Rich Martinez announced that he will move on from his role as president and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education and Young Americans Bank on March 31, 2023. Martinez joined Young Americans …

Light CO2 Wins Youth Pitch Challenge at Denver Startup Week

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The week of October 4-8 was Denver Startup Week, a celebration of everything entrepreneurial and the largest free event of its kind.  Over the past five years, YouthBiz has worked to provide entrepreneurial sessions involving young entrepreneurs to the Denver startup community.  This year’s sessions included a young maker panel that discussed digital marketing and a youth pitch competition featuring ...

YouthBiz StartUp Stays Strong South of the Border

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YouthBiz StartUp Mexico Participants Smile for the Camera Since 2018, YouthBiz has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Baja California del Sur (BGCBCS) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, providing YouthBiz programming in Spanish to local youth, 2-3 times per year.  On Saturday, September 18, 2021, BGCBCS held their virtual YouthBiz StartUp pitch competition through Zoom with 30 eager ...
Katie Whiteley, owner of Lily Grey, sitting at her sewing machine smiling at the camera while a cat naps on a pile of fabric.

Front Porch: Outdoor and Virtual Events

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Young Americans Bank hosts the YouthBiz Marketplace event annually to provide young people with real-life experience in entrepreneurship and business ownership. Read the full article and browse other local holiday events.

Raju and Leonard Holding Check for Cardbound LLC. Young Americans Center for Financial Education recognizes and congratulates Leonard Shearer for his business accomplishments!  Leonard is the 18-year-old owner of  Cardbound LLC , the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars winner in the 16-21 age category.

After discovering a love for web-based sales with his dad, Leonard realized he wanted to find something new and unique he could sell. Drawing on his years playing Pokemon DS and his resulting expertise in this industry, Leonard began selling Pokemon TCG cards that he acquired from a wholesale distributor and had authenticated.

Since its inception, Cardbound has evolved through trial and error to develop into several different markets and establish itself as the sole purveyor of many of the products it sells. With impressive sales, product sourcing and distribution strategies, judges commended Leonard’s business savvy and grasp of financials.

As Leonard looks to grow his business throughout the next year, mentor Raju Patel, Denver Market Leader at Bank of America , will be a huge asset. Leonard hopes that Patel can help him improve his accounting system and use data to grow his business in a strategic way.

Experience and Inspiration: Youth Entrepreneurs Shine at Annual Awards Gala

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October 5, Denver – Young Americans Center for Financial Education celebrated the accomplishments of Colorado youth business owners at the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars award ceremony and gala, presented by CoBank.  This annual event was held virtually Thursday, October 1. Beyond sales and customers, it’s clear these entrepreneurs have gained much through business ownership and will continue to excel, thanks in part to a year-long mentorship with a Denver …