December 2020
Katie Whiteley, age 11, designs and sews colorful bags through her business Lily Grey. Customers looking to “shop small” this holiday season can find her products at the online YouthBiz Marketplace through December 6.
In This Issue
Date | Event
12.6 YouthBiz Marketplace ends
12.8 Colorado Gives Day
12.24 Building closes early
12.25 Building closed
12.31 Building closes early
1.1 Building closed
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YouthBiz Marketplace
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From the President & CEO

If you're looking to support small businesses this holiday season, you're in luck!  The YouthBiz Marketplace features more than 30 young entrepreneurs selling their hand-crafted products.  

Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas:
  • Freeze-dried snacks from Mile High Freeze Dry, created by 14-year-old Reina Crowley
  • Miniature stuffed animals from Mimi's Minis, created by 10-year-old Amelia Moore--this is her first Marketplace!
  • Ornaments from Ellis' Christmas Ornaments, created by 6-year-old Ellis (he's saving up to buy a lego set!)

I hope that you'll take a few minutes to show your support for these talented and hard-working entrepreneurs by shopping at YouthBiz Marketplace.

Shop Small and Support Youth Businesses

Marketplace closes Sunday, December 6

The YouthBiz Marketplace is going on now!  Find unique holiday gifts and support youth business owners through Sunday, December 6!

Shop the YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace

Give Where You Live

Support Young Americans Center on Colorado Gives Day

Provide a hands-on lesson in financial education by donating to Young Americans Center for Financial Education on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy through online giving. 

Your dollars go further on Colorado Gives Day, thanks to FirstBank and Community First Foundation's $1 Million Incentive Fund.
Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!

A Dream Job at Young Americans Bank

For Loan Officer Natasha Rea, working at Young Americans Bank is her dream job!  Natasha started as a Financial Services Representative, working on day-to-day transactions with customers, and worked her way up to first becoming a Branch Supervisor and now a Loan Officer.

Read her story on our blog, including her first memories of being a Young Americans Bank customer.


Concept of the Month: Debit vs Credit

These two words sound similar, debit and credit, but in fact they are very different.  This month, Young Americans Bank introduces these two concepts to help youth understand what they are and how they are used in managing money.

Learn more and take the Debit vs. Credit Quiz on our blog.

Support Financial Education through Amazon Smile

Shopping this holiday season on Amazon?  Be sure to enter through the Amazon Smile website and select Young Americans Center for Financial Education as your charity!  

By starting your shopping with, you make a donation to the Center without doing anything.

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.

YouthBiz Star

2020 Winner Sewing With Smiles

Congratulations are in order for 13-year-old Maile McManis, the owner of Sewing with Smiles LLC and winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 12-15 age category.  Over the next year, Maile plans to explore new product offerings and sales opportunities with the help of her mentors, Bob and Judi Newman. 

Cloth Face Covering Donations Needed

Calling all mask makers: Our partner Children’s Hospital Colorado needs many more kid-sized face coverings! Please help us reduce coronavirus transmission and protect vulnerable groups by donating today.

Here’s how to ship and deliver handmade coverings to the hospital.

Sponsor Spotlight:

Community First Foundation Teaches Colorado Kids to Give Where They Live

Community First Foundation, organizer of Colorado Gives Day, which takes place this year on December 8th, has been a sponsor of Young Americans Center for Financial Education for the last 15 years.  The Foundation’s leadership support for Young AmeriTowne has directly impacted 151,814 elementary students.
Did you know that Community First Foundation matches 10% of all AmeriTowne student donations?  Learn more on our blog!
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