February 2021
In This Issue
Date | Event
2/11 Genie-us in a Bottle Workshop
2/15 President's Day (building closed)
2/27 The Price is Right Workshop
3/1 Summer Camp Registration Opens
3/3 Donor Appreciation Event (virtual)
Get Involved
Make a Gift
YouthBiz Workshops
Money Matters Classes
Summer Camps

From the President & CEO

I consider Bill Daniels to be one of our state's greatest entrepreneurs.  His passion for innovation, education, and the free enterprise system is the reason Young Americans exists today! 

YouthBiz continues this legacy by inspiring today's young people to be tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders.  True to our entrepreneurial roots, YouthBiz has pivoted, offering all programs in a virtual format while we wait for health conditions to improve.  This has been quite a feat as programs are utilized throughout our state and in Wyoming, Kansas, and Mexico (in Spanish!), and we are so proud of our "small but mighty" YouthBiz team for their continued dedication to provide programming.

As the nation celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week this month, February 13-20, YouthBiz will highlight local entrepreneurs at all stages of business success who, we believe, embody this same sense of innovation and passion. Watch our blog and social media feeds to learn more about these inspiring youth people and their businesses.  Share their stories with your own families.  And, encourage the young people you know to think about starting a business this year--our own Anna Leer has some great advice to help!

Summer Camp Update:

Registration Opens March 1st

Young Americans Center plans to offer eight different Summer Camps for youth entering grades three through 8 in fall, 2021.  Registration opens on Monday, March 1, so please save the date and get ready for some FUNancial learning!

Browse the complete schedule and learn about our plans to keep staff and campers safe.

Welcome New Board Members

Six Leaders Join the Bank and Center Boards

Young Americans Bank and Center for Financial Education is honored to welcome six new Board Members this month!  Meet these outstanding leaders below and learn why they are passionate about youth financial education.

Chris Becze

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board
Tax Partner, Armanino

"Young Americans Center is effectively developing the next generation of entrepreneurs; something this country desperately needs to continue its global status."
Mbiyu Chisholm

Mbiyu Chisholm

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board
Branch Manager Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

"Growing up in a third-world country, then coming to America for my education at a young age, financial literacy was extremely important to me."

Tuhin Halder

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board
Vice President, Finance and Business Operations, Comcast

Chris Hill

Young Americans Bank Board
Chief Financial Officer, Bankers’ Bank of the West

"Financial decisions impact everyone daily regardless of your age, background, or profession."

John Le

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board
Director, Marketing and Analytics, Cambiar

"I truly believe that financial literacy is a critical component of the education system."

Bo Sutton

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board
Director, Bow River Capital

"I’ve long believed that pushing financial education and literacy in young people helps individuals, families, as well as our society."

MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards

Scholarships up to $15,000 for students, educators, and schools

The MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards, provided by the Colorado Office of the Attorney General and the Colorado Department of Education, serve as a tool for districts, schools, educators and students to elevate the importance of learning money management and financial literacy skills. We encourage you to apply if your personal finance education experience has impacted your school and community in a positive way.

Learn more on our blog and apply online!

Donate Your Tax Refund

to Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Young Americans Center for Financial Education is proud to be one of the registered nonprofits participating in the State of Colorado’s Donate Your Tax Refund to Charity Program, an important fundraising program offered through the Colorado Department of Revenue.

This statewide program allows taxpayers to make contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return.  Remember, you can make a donation even if you take the standard deduction.

Find more information and a step-by-step guide on our website.

Vote for our Summer Camps:

Colorado Parent Family Favorites Voting is Now Live!

Young Americans Center for Financial Education would be honored to receive your vote for our Summer Camps in the annual Colorado Parent Family Favorites competition!  Voting lasts through February 28.

Vote for your family's favorite camps, shops, restaurants, and more!

Start a Business This Year!

Do you have a new hobby?  Did you learn a new skill?  Are you looking for a way to make some money?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time for you to start a business! 

Read our tips to help young entrepreneurs get started.


Concept of the Month:

Balanced with the Bank

Young Americans Bank helps you balance your bank statement in this month's blog!  Learn all about what a register is and how it can help you keep track of your spending. 

Give it a try: balance a register to a bank statement on our blog.

Young Americans Bank

Changed Hours, Appointments Required for New Accounts

To protect both your family’s safety as well as that of our employees, some operating hours have changed and appointments are required to open new accounts at Young Americans Bank.  As we remain committed to providing quality banking and financial education, please contact the Bank at 303-321-2265 to schedule an appointment.

Comcast's Commitment to Colorado Youth

Lift Zones Provide Safe Spaces and Free Internet

Last month, Young Americans Center Partner Comcast announced a new effort, Lift Zone, that provides free WiFi to community spaces to support thousands of Colorado students in distance learning. These Zones provide students with a safe, reliable space to participate in distance learning during the day or to do homework before or after school. Comcast also announced $150,000 in grants in partnership with the Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to support internet safety and digital literacy programs in Colorado.

Read more about Comcast’s Lift Zones here.

Sponsor Spotlight:

Transamerica Prepares All Learners for their Financial Future

Financial strength doesn’t solidify overnight – it is developed through learning, and most importantly, through a continuous system of support. We are fortunate to have Transamerica as an exemplary deliverer of this support to thousands of students participating in life-changing financial education programs this past year at Young Americans Center.
Discover how Transamerica helped provide a hands-on lesson in financial education to 5,639 students last year on our blog.
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