Classes and Workshops

Classes and Workshops

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. YouthBiz workshops help young entrepreneurs develop their businesses.

Many of these events are free, so please check out the details below!

Second Saturdays at Young Americans

Girl Scout Badge Classes

YouthBiz Workshops


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

Registration: Click here to register!

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

Second Saturday Offerings Fall 2016:

Drawn Out Phrases (ages 9-11)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Participants in this class will be introduced to a variety of money related phrases, sayings, and idioms and their meanings.  They will then illustrate on paper their interpretation of a phrase.

Second Saturday Offerings Spring 2017:

Are you an entrepreneur? (Ages 12-14)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Students will define the term “entrepreneur” and will complete a three-part profile to help them evaluate their business skills, personal habits, and lifestyle.  They will evaluate how ready they are to run their own business and will create a business plan to help them achieve their goals.

Pizza Budgeting (Ages 9-11)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Students will discuss the importance of spending your money wisely, and setting up a budget.  They will participate in an activity that allows them to divide a budget into equal and differing parts, and identify budgeting items they find valuable.

Coin Carnival (Ages 3-5)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Coin Carnival is a fun and unique way to teach younger 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.

Budgeting for Beginners (ages 6-8)

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Participants will discuss the importance of sticking to a budget and saving money.  They will then play a game that illustrates the concept of wise spending, and planning for emergencies.

BONUS CLASS FOR MONEY SMARTS WEEK: See Your Savings Grow (ages 6-8)

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Students will choose short and long term savings goals and will participate in an activity that allows them to make transactions to meet those goals.  They will then set their own personal savings goals.

Philanthropy and Me (ages 9-11)

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Students discover how they can participate in philanthropic activities.  They will discuss ideas for promoting a healthy community by considering corporate and individual responsibility.  They will also identify helpful tips for being a wise donor.

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.

We are excited to start another semester of Girl Scout badge classes! Join us on the second Saturday of each month for a fun afternoon of lessons and games to become financially savvy and have a better understanding of money, budgeting, and philanthropy. Each month, we will offer a different badge class, 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: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Note: NEW time!

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 these classes.

Badge Class Offerings for Fall 2016:

Juniors (ages 9-11) Savvy Shopper Badge

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Savvy Shopper badge.  Girls will determine the difference between “needs” and “wants,” then they will discuss advertising techniques and how ads affect the decisions they make. Participants will also make a time capsule about what they think they will purchase as adults, which they can open in 10 years.

Badge Class Offerings for Spring 2017:

Brownies (ages 7-9) Money Manager Badge

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Participants who attend this event will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Money Manager badge. Girls will create a budget, then experience a shopping simulation to see how their budgets work in real life.

Daisies (ages 5-7) Making Choices Badge

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Participants who attend this event will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Making Choices badge. Activities include determining the difference between “wants” and “needs,” as well as identifying and setting SMART financial goals. Girls will also be empowered to help others by learning about philanthropy and setting a goal to help improve their community.

Cadettes (ages 11-14) Budgeting Badge

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Participants who attend this event will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Budgeting badge. Girls will determine their spending values, track their spending habits, set savings goals, and imagine what their lives may look like in ten years.

Juniors (ages 9-11) Business Owner Badge

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Participants at this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Business Owner badge. First, girls will learn the steps and character traits needed to start a business. Then, they will explore what kind of support is available for youth-owned businesses.

Brownies (ages 7-9) Philanthropist Badge

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Participants who attend this class will be guided through the steps necessary to earn their Philanthropist badge. Girls will explore different ways to help those in need, as well as how to assist in times of emergency. Then, troop members will create a plan to put their knowledge to use.

YouthBiz Workshops

Join us for classes and workshops focusing and the skills young entrepreneurs need to develop their businesses!

Success Strategies

October 29 and November 5, 2016 10:00-11:00am or 11:15-12:15am

Youth entrepreneurs who are selling products at the December YouthBiz Marketplace are invited to attend this class to learn about advertising, customer service, taxes, and other essentials for a successful day of sales. Hear from expert youth business owners and ask questions about how to make your Marketplace experience one for the record books. Register for class here.