Money Matters Classes

Money Matters Classes

Young Americans offers numerous opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, centered on financial literacy. Money Matters classes are a great way for families to learn about money together. We offer several types of classes on Saturdays.  Many of these events are free, so please check out the details below!

Second Saturdays at Young Americans

Girl Scout Badge Classes


Second Saturdays at Young Americans

Join us the second Saturday of each month for a unique learning experience, designed especially for youth, ages 3-12, and their parents.  Families attending our Second Saturdays classes will be treated to an interactive tour of Young Americans Bank, the only bank in the world for young people. Then, students and parents will participate in games and activities that teach young people about the importance of money and banking — and how parents can reinforce those lessons at home.

Second Saturdays are perfect for families wanting to open a bank account.  Once the games are finished, kids have the opportunity to take advantage of a real-life, hands-on learning experience by opening a new savings account. If your child already has an account with Young Americans, Second Saturdays are an ideal way to participate in our referral program.

General Information:

Time: Activities last from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bank accounts may be opened immediately following the activities.

Location: 3550 E. 1st Ave. Denver, CO 80206

Cost: $0

Special Instructions: Please bring photo identification and a social security/ITIN number if you would like to open a new account for your child.

Spring 2016 Second Saturday Schedule:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What do I want to be when… (ages 9-11)

Students explore their abilities, interests, work preferences and values by completing a series of self-assessments.  Students are encouraged to consider that career choices go hand in hand with financial planning, and will think about how creating a monthly budget can help them recognize career goals and make wise decisions.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Coin Carnival (ages 3-5)

Coin Carnival is a fun and unique way to teach young kids about the value of U.S money.  Through hands on activities such as money war, and penny towers, participants will be able to recognize and identify various U.S coins and their worth.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

To lend or not to lend (ages 12-14)

Students understand sources and types of lending. They consider the role of reputation in lending and discuss the importance of developing and practicing good spending and borrowing habits.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ways we get money (ages 6-8)

Students explore different methods for earning money and ways to describe different jobs.  They also discuss sources of income needed to meet short-term and long term goals.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jr. Banking Bingo (ages 9-11)

Students play Banking Bingo to reinforce their understanding of banking terms and coin recognition skills.  By the end of this activity, students will have a clear understanding of various services that banks provide, as well as how to recognize different coin combinations.

Girl Scout Badge Classes

Join Young Americans Center for Financial Education for a unique opportunity to earn a badge and learn how to spend your cookie money wisely!

Young Americans has been teaching kids about money for more than 25 years and is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

On the second Saturday of each month, we will offer a different badge class, ranging from Daisies to Cadettes.  Please contact us to register your troop and get more information.

General Information:

Location:  Badge classes are held at Young Americans Center for Financial Education:  3550 E. 1st Ave. Denver, CO 80206

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 per girl which includes class materials and badges for troop leaders to distribute.

Registration:  Please contact Debbie Schaller at 303-320-3237 or to register your Girl Scout troop.

Special Instructions: Girls must sign up as a troop; unfortunately, we do not take single reservations.  If you would like your Girl Scout to participate in a badge class, please reach out to the troop leader to get signed up.

Regrettably, we cannot accommodate unpaid siblings at this event.

Badge Class Offerings for Fall 2015

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Daisies (ages 5-7) Making Choices Badge

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Making Choices badge.  Girls will discuss the differences between needs and wants and how choices and decisions affect one’s ability to meet these.  They will finish by creating their very own savings jars to take home.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cadettes (ages 11-14) Budgeting Badge

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Budgeting badge.  Girls will discuss what a budget is, and will participate in several activities that encourage them to develop their own budget and habits in order to reach their financial goals.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Brownies (ages 7-9) Money Manager Badge

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Money Manager badge.  Girls will discuss the importance of managing your money wisely, and will discuss what it means to spend, save and share your money.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Juniors (ages 9-11) Business Owners Badge

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Business Owners badge.  Girls will define and discuss the term “entrepreneur” and will participate in activities that will help them describe the process of starting a business.  They will finish by developing their own “business idea” book to keep track of their ideas.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Daisies (ages 5-7) Money Counts Badge

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Money Counts badge.  They will learn about the history of money and the difference between bartering and using money.  Girls will also learn about the various features of paper money and identify different types of coins and their amounts.

Use this form to pay for the Girl Scouts badge classes.

Girl Scouts Class Payment

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