FAQs – AmeriTowne On the Road
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Young AmeriTowne On the Road that may help you understand our program better.
Where is Young AmeriTowne On the Road?
There are two traveling versions of Young AmeriTowne On the Road. One travels around the Denver metro area and the other travels around the state of Colorado. While in your city, we set up AmeriTowne at local community centers, colleges, or businesses so that multiple school groups can attend. Visit our locations page to see where AmeriTowne On the Road is headed next.
How long does it take to teach the Young AmeriTowne On the Road curriculum?
The curriculum consists of 37 lessons grouped into eight chapters. Most lessons can be taught during a 40-minute class period. Depending on how many lessons are taught each day, the entire curriculum can be taught in anywhere from two to six weeks ahead of your scheduled day in Towne. Teachers receive planning table during with the curriculum to help plan their teaching schedule.
How much does it cost to come to Young AmeriTowne On the Road and how will we be billed?
Each student that comes to Young AmeriTowne is asked to pay a per student fee, called tuition. The tuition fee includes Young AmeriTowne curriculum, classroom materials, teacher orientation and supplies necessary to operate Young AmeriTowne On the Road. Your school will only be billed for tuition based on the actual number of students participating the day of your excursion, so it is not due until after your visit to AmeriTowne. We ask for a $250 deposit to receive your curriculum materials. The balance of tuition is due and payable within forty-five (45) days after your Young AmeriTowne date. If other payment arrangements are needed, they can be made prior to receiving your program materials by contacting your AmeriTowne On the Road Director at 303-321-2265.
What do students receive for this price?
Each student receives:
- Up to 30 hours of in-class lessons and a workbook in English or Spanish
- Personal check register
- Personal debit card
- Day at Young AmeriTowne On the Road where they run their own towne of nine businesses
Each school receives:
- All supplies including curriculum with academic standards alignment
- Teacher orientation video
- Training for parent volunteers
- Young Americans’ staff-facilitated day in AmeriTowne On the Road
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! Young Americans Center provides scholarships through our Send-a-School program. Call us at 303-321-2265 for details.
How many students can participate in the program?
To ensure the best possible experience for your students, a minimum of 25 students and a maximum of 60 students is required for AmeriTowne On the Road. If your group does not fit within these numbers, you may consider combining with another small group and coming together or dividing your group and coming on more than one day. Both options are available and easy to accomodate. Please contact Programs Registration, 303-321-2265, with questions regarding your group size.
What kind of training do teachers need in order to teach the curriculum successfully?
We recommend that all teachers watch a teacher orientation video before beginning AmeriTowne On the Road. The video provides critical information about program mechanics and classroom materials, and it is available in the password-protected curriculum folder.
Our group is not part of a public school system. Is it still possible for us to participate in this program?
Absolutely! A wide variety of groups participate in this program each year. Private schools, parochial schools, home school groups and alternative schools are all able and welcome to participate. Contact us for ideas on how to make this program work for your particular group’s needs: 303-321-2265
What are the main concepts taught in the Young AmeriTowne On the Road curriculum?
The Young AmeriTowne On the Road curriculum is designed to teach children about the free enterprise system through a variety of lessons and activities which include:
- Basic Economics: Students get an overview of the free enterprise system learning about supply and demand, consumers and producers and the economic process.
- Banking: A basic overview of the banking process in which students will learn about and experience the use of a checking account they will use during their day in Towne.
- Money Management: Concepts such as budgeting, investing and the importance of savings are discussed.
- Government: Students learn how our government works by developing laws, campaigning and participating in primary and general elections.
- Communications: Students learn the real life skills of filling out job applications and going through job interviews to be hired for their positions in Towne.
- Philanthropy: Lessons on caring for your community and giving back to those in need are discussed so that each person becomes a vital link in making their community a better place.
- Business Preparation: Businesses conduct staff meetings, prepare their businesses to open and have job-training sessions.
- Closing Activities: Back at school, lessons on determining profitability for your business, balancing your account with the bank, business evaluations and Employee of the Day awards are completed to complete the program.
How can parents and other adult volunteers get involved in this program?
As you go through the curriculum, parents and adult volunteers are a great resource for you to use as guest speakers and community resources.
- They can help with lessons such as job interviews and business meetings as you prepare your students to come to Young AmeriTowne.
- When your school comes to Young AmeriTowne, parent and adult volunteers can also attend with your school to help facilitate the children’s day in Towne. Those who do attend are encouraged to view the Volunteer Orientation video to give them some background and better prepare them for what to expect on the day of the field trip.
- If volunteers cannot view the video, they will need to be provided with a copy of the Volunteer Orientation Packet (included in your classroom materials).
- Read more about volunteering at Young Americans Center here.
What can we expect on the day of Towne?
The students arrive at Young AmeriTowne On the Road and change from students to citizens of Young AmeriTowne.
- Before the Towne opens for business, the Mayor and Judge are officially sworn into office during the Opening Ceremony in which the Mayor gives a speech and cuts the ribbon to officially open Towne.
- Accountants write checks for employee salaries and to pay business expenses. After these checks are written, Accountants deposit shop income into business accounts to repay the Bank loan with interest at the end of the day and hopefully make a profit.
- Employees receive paychecks to deposit into their checking accounts at the bank so that when they go on break they can spend their hard-earned cash, write checks, and use their debit cards at other businesses.
- Although businesses compete for customers’ dollars, each shop serves a unique purpose in the economy. Goods and services are bought and sold by each of the 9 businesses around Towne. Each business supports one another and the economy as a whole.
- Each citizen and business is encouraged to donate money to one of three nonprofit organizations so that each member of the society is able to give back to the community and help those in need.
- Every economic decision made by participants becomes a learning experience, because all these decisions affect their business or personal finances.
How long will students spend in the AmeriTowne On the Road town?
We request that you plan on a 3.5 hour visit to AmeriTowne On the Road.
Is there wifi available?
Unfortunately, wifi is not always available in AmeriTowne On the Road. Please plan ahead when planning to use the internet to access songs for the Radio Station or check email.
What should teachers bring with them to AmeriTowne On the Road?
Teachers should bring: lunch, shop folders, accountant materials, business checkbooks, personal checkbooks, student $5 deposit slips, student $1 savings checks, investment applications, and signature cards (unless already sent to Young Americans).
What should students bring with them to AmeriTowne On the Road?
Students should bring: lunch, personal checkbook, postcards, and a pencil.
What should volunteers bring with them to AmeriTowne On the Road?
Volunteers should bring: lunch.
What happens if we need to cancel?
Notification must be made in writing to Young Americans Center for Financial Education, 3550 East First Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80206 and must be received at least forty-five (45) days prior to your scheduled Towne date. If notification is not received, or if teachers have already received classroom materials, a cancellation fee of $250 will be charged. If your session date is canceled by Young Amercians Center for Financial Education, any money paid to us will be refunded.