March 2019
In This Issue
Date / Event
1 / Apply for the Board
2 / Money Matters Class
5 / YouthBiz Workshop
6 / On the Road CO Springs
9 / Money Matters Class
9 / Girl Scout Class
16 / Money Matters Class
16 / YouthBiz Workshop
26 / YouthBiz Mini Camp
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Be a Mentor
Make a Tax Form Gift
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Spotlight Gala

From the President & CEO

I met with Young Americans staff and Boards this month to celebrate the successes we had last year and to provide a glimpse into what 2019 will hold.  And, I want to share this information with you, too!

Building on the growth of our programs in the last three years, our plan is to maximize their impact in 2019.  Young Americans Bank will continue outreach efforts to build awareness in the community, particularly in Lakewood near our newest branch.  Young Americans Center's AmeriTowne On the Road has its first pilot in Colorado Springs this month.  We plan to test an alternative, classroom-based delivery model for International Towne later this spring.  We're working to align YouthBiz with new state standards, called Colorado Essential Skills, which include entrepreneurial skills.  And, we're looking forward to survey results from a Young AmeriTowne study which explores the long-term impact of the program.  

I hope that these plans are as exciting to you as they are to me.  If you'd like to make your own impact on today's young people, I encourage you to get involved!

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!

Greeley Trip A Success

For AmeriTowne On the Road

Young AmeriTowne On the Road returned from a successful trip to Greeley, Colorado, where 374 students participated in the program--nearly triple the number of students from 2018. This growth couldn’t have been accomplished without strong support from partners including presenting sponsor CoBank and Aims Community College, which provided free space in its Cornerstone Building for the program.

Director Chris O'Reilly shares his favorite memories from this year's trip on our blog.

More than Lemonade

Senate Bill 19-103 Passes State Senate

Youth entrepreneurs, their parents, and their biggest fans gathered at the Colorado State Capitol for a Senate committee vote on Bill 19-103, Legalizing Minor’s Businesses. Co-sponsored by Senators Angela Williams (D) and Jack Tate (R), pictured above with Governor Jared Polis, the bill would allow youth to operate a business without a permit or license as long as it runs for fewer than 84 days a year, is operated by someone under the age of 18, and is located away from commercial establishments.  

The bill unanimously passed the committee vote, and on February 15, it also passed in the Senate with a vote of 29-0 (6 excused).  In the words of Senator Angela Williams, "Colorado kids are now one step closer to having the ability to run their own occasional businesses without having bureaucratic barriers that discourage them."  The bill moves to the House for a vote on Wednesday, March 6 where it is sponsored by Representative James Coleman (D) and Representative Terri Carver (R).

Read more about the the powerful testimony from youth entrepreneurs on our blog.

Youth Board Teens to Tackle Cryptocurrency in Podcast

Youth Advisory Board Members James Dahlen and Kiki Rosenthal have been hard at work this month on a unique project: creating a podcast!

The podcast, which is scheduled to debut in late March, tackles the subject of cryptocurrency and includes an interview with Dusty Wunderlich, pictured on the left.  

Learn more about this project, a collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, on our blog.

Giving Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Instead of checking a form, 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 Voluntary Contribution program!

Entrepreneur of the Month:

Gabe's Bazaar

Entrepreneur and inventor Gabe Nagel has been tinkering with different products throughout his four years in business, and he’s finally landed on success with his business, Gabe's Bazaar.  Gabe was a finalist in the 2018 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition, and he plans to donate a portion of his business sales this spring to support education for Native American students.  

Learn more about Gabe and his business below, and watch his segment on Colorado and Company!

Sponsor Spotlight

Working Hard to Lead Young AmeriTowne, Thanks to Janus Henderson Investors

In his role of Mayor of Young AmeriTowne, Kevin is most proud of his accomplishments.  “I’m working really hard to be a good leader and to be really fair,” he said when he visited with Arrowhead Elementary earlier this year.  AmeriTowne provided Kevin with real-world experience in leadership, responsibility, and management.  It’s not very often that young people have the opportunity to govern and lead such a large group of their peers. 

This month, we're highlighting Janus Henderson Investors which has made this kind of learning possible in Young AmeriTowne since 2011.

Read more about Kevin's day on our blog.

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