Marisa B at Jeffco School Board

YouthBiz Winner Recognized by School Board

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Every year the Young American’s Center for Financial Literacy holds a statewide business competition for youth ages 6 to 21 who own and operate their own business. This competition is separated into 3 age categories and based on a variety of aspects of the youth’s business. On Thursday, November 9, 2023, Jefferson County Public School District had a board meeting, …

Entrepreneurship Shark Tank Competition at Aspen Crossing Elementary

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  On May 22nd the 5th graders at Aspen Crossing Elementary presented their product ideas in hopes of beating out their peers in the YouthBiz StartUp Shark Tank Competition. The competition was split into two rounds, with semifinals and then finals.  Each group presented their business ideas and product prototypes to judges, professionals from the Denver area, in 3–5-minute business …

World Denver at YAB

World Denver Students Experience Entrepreneurship with YouthBiz

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This month, Young American’s YouthBiz teamed up with World Denver. High school age students from Africa learned about the entrepreneurial process. Students who had never worked together joined as a team to create a product or service.  All groups created services or products to help serve their community back home. Students thought of a problem and worked together in small …

Winners pose with their teacher

Colorado Uplift Students Impress at the YouthBiz Business Pitch Finale

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To start April, YouthBiz hosted the annual Colorado Uplift Competition here at Young Americans Center for Financial Education. We are excited to continue our six-year partnership with the fantastic people at Colorado Uplift. This organization works to inspire the youth in our community to become the leaders of tomorrow! This event had students from four of Denver’s high schools pitching …

YouthBiz Spring Break Mini-Camps return to Ford Warren Branch Library

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To wrap up the month of March, YouthBiz hosted a mini spring break camp at The Ford-Warren Branch Library. The Denver Public Library system has been a wonderful partner since 2017 and we were so excited to be back in person! This camp was free for participants to join, and restaurants in the area generously donated lunches each day to …


Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Oliver Deines and Krish Vipani

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This month we highlight two Northfield High School students serving on this year’s Youth Advisory Board: Oliver Deines and Krish Vipani, both juniors. If you’ve attended any of our special events in the last few months, you’ve likely seen these guys helping out, chatting with guests, talking about their involvement with Young Americans, and interacting with our young program participants. Oliver’s …

Shop over 60 youth-owned businesses at the YouthBiz Marketplace!

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On December 3rd, 2022, Young Americans Center for Financial Education will host its annual YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace from 10am-2pm.  This is a fantastic opportunity for young business owners between the ages of 6-21 to sell their products to customers.  This year, YouthBiz can safely return to pre-pandemic levels are pleased to host over 60 different youth businesses. The YouthBiz Marketplace ...

Meet a Mentor: Leigh Sullivan, Development Director, Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary

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The third presenting mentor for our 2022 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition is Leigh Sullivan, Development Director for Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary. Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary is a 501c3 dedicated to pulling old & sick dogs out of shelters and rescue organizations, and bringing them to their vet-supervised dog sanctuary where they can live out their good, bad and …

Youth Business Places SECOND in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition

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Denver Start Up Week is a celebration of all things entrepreneurial. It’s the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind. Hundreds of participants submitted video applications to compete in the week’s annual pitch competition. The DSW planning committee narrowed this down to 18 businesses, then the community voted on the top 6 businesses to pitch at the final event.  Thus, …

Meet a Mentor: Mark Cordova, President, Centennial Bolt, Inc.

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The second of our three distinguished mentors hosting a youth entrepreneur in the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition is Mark Cordova, President of Centennial Bolt, Inc. In 1979, after graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Administration, Mark moved to Denver and founded Centennial Bolt, Inc. - a fastener distribution business which grew to become one ...