Classes and Workshops

Classes and Workshops

Young Americans offers numerous opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, centered on financial literacy. Many of these events are free, so please check out the details below.

Second Saturdays at Young Americans  Great way for families to learn about money together

Girl Scout Badge Classes  We do the financial literacy badge for Girls Scouts.

YouthBiz Workshops  Help young entrepreneurs learn about and develop business opportunities

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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 – 11:30 am. Bank accounts may be opened immediately following the activities.

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

Cost          $0 but must register

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 Spring 2017

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 SMART 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.

Location  3550 E. 1st Ave. Denver, CO 80206 (all badging classes are held at Young Americans Center for Financial Education in Cherry Creek)

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 dschaller@yacenter.org 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 Spring 2017:

Juniors (ages 9-11) Business Owner Badge

CLASS IS FULL!  Class will be offered again in Fall, 2017.

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 on the skills young entrepreneurs need to develop their businesses!

Spring into Entrepreneurship Camp

Blair-Caldwell Library

2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

Tuesday, March 28th- Friday, March 31st

10:00am – 2:00pm

YouthBiz and the Denver Public Library have collaborated to bring an entrepreneurial focused program to the Library! Instructors will provide engaging curriculum and activities that will enable participants to learn, think, speak, and act like entrepreneurs! Participants will learn entrepreneurial skills to 21st century skills including; critical thinking and reasoning, information literacy, collaboration, self-direction, and invention. On the final day of the workshop participants will take part in a Business Pitch Competition. The winning team will receive a cash prize! Grades 5 – 9. Light refreshments/lunch provided.

For more information contact the Blair-Caldwell Library at (720) 865-2401 or email askblaircaldwell@denverlibrary.org

*Participants are asked to commit to all four days, Registration Requiredhttps://goo.gl/forms/NsAoM6k3PaVl9HDn2

Success Strategies

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Are you signed up for the YouthBiz Spring Marketplace? If not, get on our marketplace page and sign up for a chance to sell your products. Our Success Strategies classes offer information for the day-of operations as well as new ideas and ways to promote your business.

New Participants, 10:15-11:15 am- Success Strategies for NEW participants is a class to answer any questions and provide guidance for day-of Marketplace operations. Attendance is highly encouraged.

All Participants, 11:30-12:30 pm – Success Strategies for ALL participants is for new and returning participants with specialized instruction and activities to enhance each individual business. Attendance is highly encouraged.