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

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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 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 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 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.

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 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:

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 on the skills young entrepreneurs need to develop their businesses!

YouthBiz Branding & Logo Workshop

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:15-11:45 am, 3550 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

Come and spend an hour with staff and students from The Graphic Design & Illustration Department at Arapahoe Community College. Learn about the basics of Branding & Logo for your business, get a better understanding of what branding is, receive tips about your logo and brand! Bring your product, packaging, business card and/or any other marketing materials you have for your business.This class is free. RSVP here.

Introduction to Business Law for Kids: What All Kidpreneurs Should Know About Business and the Law

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:15-11:45 am, 3550 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

This workshop will provide a basic overview of some of the main legal issues that entrepreneurs face in the early stages of starting a business. We’ll talk about what it means to form a business entity, what the advantages are, and how one goes about doing it. We’ll also provide a basic introduction to intellectual property, the law of contracts, laws governing the employment of other kids and more. Finally, Associate attorneys Otto Hanson & Will Myer of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP will have some time to answer all of your questions. RSVP here.

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.