What are the Expected Outcomes?
Young Americans Center’s goal is to develop the financial literacy of young people through real-life experiences and hands-on programs purposefully designed to enable them to prosper in our free-enterprise system. Here’s why Young AmeriTowne is successfully implemented into more than 370 schools every year:
Our expected short-term outcomes from this program include:
- Teachers use active learning to enrich academic progress (Goal 75%+ teacher evaluations rate curriculum useful or better in classroom)
- Students understand basic concepts of personal finance, economics, and business management. (Goal: 70% of students score 70%+ on post-test).
- Students demonstrate a) teamwork in running their shops b) understanding of supply and demand, raising and lowering prices appropriately c) understand the importance of a strong work ethic (student survey).
- Students are engaged, as demonstrated by student and parent volunteer surveys.
- Students keep an accurate personal checking account register and can balance business receipts and expenses to a business bank statement (teacher rubric).
Our anticipated long-term outcomes from the program include:
- Students make sounder financial decisions for themselves and their families with a foundational understanding of money management and economics.
- Students are better workplace contributors having gained important soft skills such as teamwork, group problem-solving and face-to-face interactions.
- Students choose more appropriate educational paths with a solid understanding of the wide range of careers available to them and the skills and knowledge required to succeed in these careers.
Colorado gains more home-grown future business leaders and employees with the skills to harness the power of free enterprise for their own prosperity and for the prosperity of their communities