September 2019
In This Issue
Date | Event
5 | Get Organized!
14 | Money Matters Class 
17 | DSW Pitch Challenge
18 | DSW Marketplace
20 | DSW Making It
20 | DSW Early Access
21 | Money Matters Class
28 | Money Matters Class
Oct. 3 | Spotlight Gala
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Spotlight Gala

From the President & CEO

Back to school means back to serious financial fun at Young Americans Center for Financial Education.  

For entrepreneurs, our first YouthBiz Workshop of the school year, Get Organized, will be held on September 5.  Young AmeriTowne welcomes its first students on September 9, and International Towne opens its doors to students on September 12.  Young Americans Bank teaches the basics of money and banking to kids with Saturday Money Matters classes that start on September 14.

I was reminded about the importance of this hands-on financial learning when I read an article in The Kansas City Star about "invisible money."  No wonder young people have a hard time with financial concepts--with the increased use of plastic and mobile payments, children hardly ever see actual money anymore.  Fortunately, that is not the case at Young Americans Center programs, where youth get a hands-on lesson that sticks with them for years to come.

To continue this work, fall is also the time when we ask for your support.  Our annual Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition and fundraising gala celebrates Colorado's best youth entrepreneurs, and it highlights the important work our donors are doing to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to more than 67,300 youth every year.  

Join us at Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars (there's a few seats still available at $250 each) and celebrate all the financial learning you can give to the next generation.
Correction: In the August, 2019 eNewsletter, we incorrectly mentioned that Young Americans Bank has customers in 26 states.  The Bank has customers in 46 states!

Welcome New Youth Advisory Board!

A new school year means a new crew on the Youth Advisory Board!  Young Americans Center for Financial Education has selected 18 high school students to provide insight, feedback, and ideas about products, youth programs, marketing, and communications in a one-year advisory term.  The Youth Advisory Board has already kicked this year off with their first meeting Saturday, August 17.

Meet all 18 members and read about the goals they hope to accomplish over the year on our blog.

Attend and Be Inspired!

Make plans to join us on Thursday, October 3, 2019 for Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars, presented by CoBank, the annual business competition and gala which highlights the important work Young Americans is doing to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneurship learning opportunities to more than 67,000 youth every year.

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Entrepreneurship Events for Youth

At Denver Startup Week

Youth Pass returns to Denver Startup Week for a third straight year!  This collaboration among Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, and Denver Startup Week allows youth as young as six and as old as twenty to network side-by-side with local entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This year, Youth Pass includes four different opportunities for young entrepreneurs.  Learn about each on our blog, and sign up to participate!

Back to school, back to juggling classes, clubs, sports, extracurriculars, social engagements and more!  What better way to spend a fall evening than by creating some tools to get organized for the new school year in this YouthBiz Workshop!

Learn More and Register

Entrepreneurs of the Month:

Hayden Hopkins, Lightner Designs
Hannah Reyes, Her Design Store
Shouken Lopez, The Teen Entrepreneur

These three finalists of the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition are impressive!  Learn more about the incredible youth entrepreneurs behind Lightner Designs, Her Design Store, and The Teen Entrepreneur on our blog, and watch their segments on Colorado & Company. 


Business and Technology Intersect at YouthBiz Make it 'Appen Camp

There’s no shortage of technology summer camps for kids in the Denver metro area, but one camp stands out among the plethora of options: YouthBiz Make it ‘Appen Summer Camp at Young Americans Center. In this week-long day camp, youth code their own app, plus they use this app as the basis for a business plan!

Find out which business idea took home a $100 cash prize on our blog.

Meet a Mentor:

Leroy Williams, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CyberTeKIQ LLC

Leroy Williams is one of three esteemed mentors hosting a youth winner in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.  As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CyberTeKIQ LLC, Williams enjoys being able to share his knowledge and experience with the business community, including a winner of this year's competition.

Learn how Williams plans to help an up-and-coming entrepreneur on our blog.


Sponsor Spotlight: CoBank

A Look Back at the Beginning of AmeriTowne On the Road 

This fall marks the sixth anniversary of On the Road.  According to Chris O’Reilly, On the Road Senior Towne Director, “CoBank has been here since the start.  I was lucky enough to pilot the program in 2014, and it’s been supported by CoBank from that day on.  They have been a huge advocate for us in the rural communities we serve.”

Take a look at what this program has accomplished, all thanks to a dream and an important partner, CoBank.

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