October 2019
In This Issue
Date | Event
3 | Spotlight Gala
12 | Money Matters Class 
14 | Holiday - YA closed
15 | Burger Biz
19 | Money Matters Class
19 | Girl Scout Class
23 | Suds it Up!
26 | Money Matters Class
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Spotlight Gala

From the President & CEO

I had the privilege of observing some of our best youth entrepreneurs in action at Denver Startup Week last month.  And wow, did they impress:  
  • Four businesses delivered professional business pitches at the first-ever Youth Pass Pitch Challenge--congratulations to the winners, Oasis, a mental health solution that went on to win the Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge and a prize package worth $100,000!
  • Nineteen youth-owned businesses pitched and sold products to a crowd of enthusiastic Denver Startup Week participants at the YouthBiz Marketplace and Expo.
  • Four young entrepreneurs shared the insight and knowledge they've gained being part of the maker movement with an audience of curious entrepreneurs at the Making It panel.

One thought continues to resonate with me.  At the Making It panel, 18-year-old Claire Fisk, co-owner of Wonderful Words, shared her advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out: “Say yes!  There’s so many opportunities if you just decide to say yes!”

As adults, taking risks is more of a challenge.  More responsibility means there's more on the line if the risk ends up in failure.  But Claire's words reminded me that sometimes risk brings opportunity, too.  This is why the youth perspective is so valuable and why we were so thrilled to take part in Denver Startup Week for a third year!

Experience and Inspiration at Denver Startup Week

Youth entrepreneurs helped fuel the energy and excitement of Denver Startup Week for a third straight year!  Youth Pass, a partnership between Young Americans Center’s YouthBiz program, Junior Achievement and Denver Startup Week, enabled students to participate in event workshops, to lead panel discussions, to compete for cash prizes, and to pitch their business ideas to Colorado entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the week of September 16-20.

Read about the brand new Youth Pass Pitch Challenge and read advice direct from youth entrepreneur makers on our blog.

Can you build the best burger?

Join the Burger Biz Challenge, a FREE workshop for 6th through 12th graders to learn about business and the food industry.  Sessions take place Tuesday, October 15 through Friday, October 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Young Americans Center.  Plus, join the finale on Saturday, October 26 at Park Burger, time and location to be announced.  Grand prize is $500 and a chance to have your burger featured in Park Burger restaurants!

Learn More and Register

What's New in Young Americans Center Programs

AmeriTowne and International Towne began the 2019-20 school year with some exciting changes!  The goal is to provide programs that are relevant, thought-provoking, and that deliver an improved hands-on lesson in financial education.  

Learn more about how curriculum changes make Young AmeriTowne even more accessible to students on our blog.


Entrepreneur of the Month:

Maile McManis, Sewing with Smiles LLC

After discovering her mother’s old sewing machine and taking a few lessons, 12-year-old Maile McManis started selling her first products in December of last year!  She sews cosmetic bags, produce bags, handbags, purses, and more for her business Sewing with Smiles.  Maile is a finalist in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.

Learn more about Maile on our blog, and watch her segment on Colorado and Company.


Meet a Mentor:

Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy - Colorado

Alice Jackson is one of three esteemed mentors paired with a youth winner in the 2019 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.  Jackson is looking forward to sharing what she’s learned in her career with an up-and-coming youth entrepreneur. “Running a business takes good planning, and you have to be able to keep moving forward, even if there’s failure,” says Jackson.  “I look forward to working with an entrepreneur whose possibilities are limitless!”

Learn about Alice's first job and more on our blog.


Sponsor Spotlight: 

JJP Family Foundation Involves All Learners in Experiential Education

"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn."  - Benjamin Franklin

JJP Family Foundation provides a hands-on lesson in financial education for all learners, regardless of background, by supporting Send-a-School.  

Learn why experiential education is so valuable, especially for low-income students, on our blog.

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