July 2018
In This Issue
Summer Camps
Teddy Bear Patrol
Get Involved
Volunteer Opportunities
YouthBiz Stars Gala

From the President & CEO

Richard E. Martinez, Jr.
Kids have the best business ideas!  

Young Americans Center for Financial Education has offered entrepreneurship camps for kids for the last 23 years, and this year is no exception.  But with the addition of three new YouthBiz camps, our Center seems particularly full of creativity this summer!  

For example, take Monster Koozies, a creation by Zoe, Wren, and Lillian, that wraps a friendly, furry creature around your drink to keep it cool.  Or, Liam's Clip-On-Cleats that turns your ordinary sneakers into the perfect sports shoe.

This summer we are running 30 camps with almost 1,200 youth attending.  Even more exciting is these camps take place across the Front Range and in New Mexico.

These fun, hands-on programs encourage kids to be kids.  Whether or not these ideas turn into businesses, the real lesson is that doing something you love can reap a large reward.

Looking for 52 Donor Friends

If you were 10 years old, and your family had no money for “extras,” what would be the best news ever? How about a scholarship to the summer camp of your dreams!

Fifty-two friends of financial ed for kids are needed, one for each child who applied for a scholarship this summer. Can you fund a partial scholarship ($120)? Or a full scholarship ($240)? Or underwrite all the costs ($500) and qualify for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit and make your scholarship tax-wise (and bigger than you thought possible!)?
Donate to Summer Programs Scholarship today!

We'd like to know...

Did you ever own a business as a kid (mow lawns, sell lemonade, etc.)?

Teddy Bear Patrol

Sometimes the smallest act can have the biggest impact!  

Help your children give back this summer at Young Americans Bank.  We're collecting new Teddy Bears from July 9 through August 25 to donate to local first responders.

Don’t have a teddy bear? You can still participate. You may donate cash or check (made out to the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children teddy Bear Patrol Fund) at any of Young Americans Bank’s locations.  Each child making a $5 donation will receive a bear to donate.

Snapshots from Summer

Campers in YouthBiz Basics practice their business pitch.
The Out of the Box Marketplace was a great sales experience for Emilyn and Alexis.
The Monster Koozie, a creation by Zoe, Wren, and Lillian at Aims Community College's YouthBiz StartUp Camp, was practically market-ready!
Making your own ice cream is a highlight of Running Your Own Biz camp.

Tales from Towne: Kids Learn Business Basics at Summer Camp

For kids who want to work for themselves some day, Young Americans Center for Financial Education's Be Your Own Boss Summer Camp teaches the basics of business ownership.  Last week's camp was filled with information and fun, and it included 5th and 6th grade participants from throughout the Denver metro area.

Find out who won "Best Business Pitch" on our blog!

Entrepreneurs of the Month:

Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren, Owners of Sweet Bee Sisters

Lily, Chloe, and Sophie Warren created Sweet Bee Sisters nine years ago as a way to use the leftover beeswax from their family's beehive.  After winning the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition and a youth scholarship from Ernst and Young, the sisters' business has blossomed.  Their products were a featured part of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery's Mother's Day promotion and their holiday gifts.

Read more about their successes and watch their segment on Colorado & Company.

Meet a Board Member:

Heather White, Vectra Bank Colorado

We're pleased to introduce Heather White, a member of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education Board.

At Vectra Bank Colorado, Heather is responsible for all personnel in the bank's 37 retail branches and leads teams in business development, business banking and the client service team.  She has oversight of all consumer and small to mid-sized business lending in the Front Range and West Slope markets from Longmont to Farmington, NM.  

Read more about how Heather's 22-plus years of banking experience is such a big asset on our blog.

Sponsor Spotlight:

Amica Companies Foundation Supports Colorado’s Youngest Entrepreneurs

YouthBiz entrepreneurship programming at Young Americans Center has experienced exponential growth over the last year.  Amica Companies Foundation has helped power this growth by providing financial support and volunteer expertise, including judges for YouthBiz StartUp pitch competitions like this one at Annunciation Catholic School.

Read more about how Amica volunteers are helping youth reach their potential on our blog.
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