Meet Youth Advisory Board Members: Emma Seneshen and Hannah Reyes

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Last month, you were introduced to Ashley Dunn and Andrew Rusin, Co-Chairs for the Youth Advisory Board. Emma Seneshen and Hannah Reyes also serve on the Youth Advisory Board.

Emma is a senior at St. Mary’s Academy where she serves as president of the Investment Club which is responsible for managing a $25,000 portfolio. The Club meets weekly to discuss current events that affect the stock market and research publicly-traded companies for potential investment.

Emma also participates onEmma Seneshen and Hannah Reyes smile at the entrance to Young Americans Center for Financial Education the Elite Mock Trial Team, is a merit scholarship winner and a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school she volunteers with Project C.U.R.E.

In addition to outstanding academic achievements, Emma is a problem solver. She devised a digital payment method for school events (in compliance with COVID restrictions) that is now utilized across a broad range of activities at St. Mary’s Academy.

When asked why she wanted to serve on the Youth Advisory Board she explained, “I attend an all-girls high school, and I have always looked up to women in the business field. I would love to be a person that younger girls can look up to”.

Hannah is a sophomore at St. Mary’s Academy where she founded the school’s Speech and Debate team and served as President for the Freshman Student Association. In 2020, she was recognized as the Village Hero by the City of Greenwood Village for charitable donations she has made to several community organizations.

In 2019 Hannah testified in front of the Colorado Senate and House of Representative Committees on Business to advocate for the SB IO I-legalization of minor businesses in Colorado. Hannah also finds time to run her own business, HER Designs, which she started 6 years ago. Her participation in YouthBiz Stars and other Young Americans programs have given Hannah the confidence and skills to build and grow her business. In 2019, she won the YouthBiz Stars competition for the 12-15 age group and her business is still going strong.

These experiences make Hannah a great addition to the Youth Advisory Board. She explains, “I can contribute different ideas, perspectives, and things that I’ve learned from competing in the YouthBiz competition, and I’m passionate about furthering financial literacy in our community.”

The Youth Advisory Board will benefit greatly from the experience and enthusiasm of these two young ladies.

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