FAQs – Young AmeriTowne
FAQs – Young AmeriTowne
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Young AmeriTowne that may help you understand our program better.
- 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 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
- A 5-hour orientaton is required for all teachers who have not previously taught the Young AmeriTowne curriculum.
- A short refresher webinar is available and is recommended for teachers who have participated previously in Young AmeriTowne.
Plan to attend an orientation or refresher session at least 2 months prior to your scheduled Towne date. To reserve your spot, contact Programs Registration at 303-321-2265.
Find the schedule of teacher orientation dates here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 17 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 six 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.