January 2019
In This Issue
Summer Camps
Money Matters Classes
YouthBiz Workshops
YouthBiz Stars Gala
On the Road Pueblo
Checkoff Colorado

Get Involved
Be a Mentor
Make a Gift

From the President & CEO

Young AmeriTowne On the Road travels to Pueblo this month for a fifth straight year, and we couldn't be prouder.  This program brings hands-on financial literacy to students across the state so they can learn to spend, save, and share their money wisely, just as students in Denver have been doing since 1990.  Since On the Road made its maiden voyage to Pueblo in October 2014, we've reached 17,367 additional students!

This event is also significant because it marks the start of a new year and because we have an exciting announcement.  In March, Young AmeriTowne On the Road will visit Colorado Springs for the first time.  Previously, students in and around Colorado Springs travelled to Denver or Pueblo to participate, but not anymore.  Our hope is that by the 2019/20 school year, AmeriTowne On the Road will be in Colorado Springs for three or more months every year.

Thank you--our dedicated community of supporters that make AmeriTowne On the Road such a success.  And here's to a great year of education in 2019!

Register for Summer Camps at Young Americans Center

Registration is now open for Young Americans Center for Financial Education's nationally-recognized Summer Camps!  Students entering grades 3rd-9th in fall, 2019, can participate in week-long day camps where they learn about financial concepts and entrepreneurship in a fun, hands-on way.  At just $245 per camper per week, camps are a great deal and are sure to fill up quickly!

Register Today!
The two branches of Young Americans Bank are celebrating birthdays this month!  Young Americans Bank Belmar turns one and Young Americans Bank Green Valley Ranch turns six!

Checkoff Colorado

Give Through your Tax Return

Giving just got a whole lot easier.  Instead of writing a check, just check a box!  As you complete your Colorado income tax return, select Young Americans Center for Financial Education--line 18 of the Voluntary Contribution Schedule.  Or, remind your tax preparer that you'd like a portion of your refund to go to Young Americans Center.  

Learn more about how you can provide money smarts to kids all over Colorado through the Checkoff Colorado program!
Last month's YouthBiz Marketplace was a big success!  Business owners made $13,616.03 in profits and gained real sales experience.  Thank you to Colorado State Senator Angela Williams, pictured here with youth author M.J. Logan, for her support of youth businesses in Colorado.

YouthBiz Star Brenden Coney:

Owner of Elevation Creations

Brenden Coney is an entrepreneur who solved a big problem--how can a middle schooler make money?  Too young to hold a job, then 13-year-old Brenden asked his father to teach him how to do basic woodworking.  

Over the next five years, these lessons transformed into an impressive businesses called Elevation Creations that sells hand-crafted cutting boards, wine racks, and many other gifts. Working with his mentor Bahman Shafa, President of Focus Property Group, this year, Brenden hopes to expand his retail presence.

Congratulations, Brenden, for being named a winner in the 2018 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition!

Meet a Board Member:

Brigid McNamara, George Washington High School

Brigid McNamara, a Junior at George Washington High School, has an impressive resume.  She’s first in her class, and she’s a member of her school’s Varsity Golf Team, National Honors Society, and Speech and Debate Team.  She is a founder and president of the Bye Bye Bully Club, and she’s a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Board.  But what really stands out about Brigid is her ability to lead a group and be an exceptional Co-Chair to this year’s Youth Advisory Board.

Read more about Brigid's favorite accomplishments as Co-Chair on our blog.

Sponsor Spotlight

There's nothing else like it, thanks to KeyBank

“Have you ever done anything like this before?”

A group of 5th graders from Slavens Elementary School patiently waiting in line to make a deposit at KeyBank in Young AmeriTowne responded. All said they had waited in line before. A few said they had even been to a bank with their parents.  But only one student, Crystal*, said that she had done anything like Young AmeriTowne before.

This unique learning environment is only possible because of generous community support, like that from KeyBank. Read about how KeyBank has supported unique learning experiences for the last decade on our blog.

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