March 2020
In This Issue
Date | Event
3.7   Money Matters Class
3.14 Money Matters Class
3.14 Girl Scouts Class
3.18 YouthBiz Workshop
3.21 Money Matters Class
3.31 YouthBiz Mini-Camp
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From the President & CEO

The importance of community came to the front of my mind last month as AmeriTowne On the Road travelled to Northern Colorado.  To deliver this hands-on lesson in free enterprise, Young Americans Center relied on:
  • Schools and administrators to recognize the value of the program
  • Teachers to deliver the curriculum
  • Students and parent volunteers to participate
  • Community partners to bring the program to Greeley
  • Donors to provide scholarships for low-income students
  • Top-notch staff to execute the day in AmeriTowne
  • Visionary Board leadership to send a program around the state of Colorado

Working together, all of these groups made magic in AmeriTowne.  "It's the best thing you could ever do in your life," said 11-year-old T.K., an AmeriTowne mailman.  "These are the skills you need for your life," said Crystal Reed, a teacher at Ann K. Heiman Elementary school that has participated for the last three years.  

To all of our partners, know that we are incredibly grateful for you.  And if you're looking for a meaningful way to give back, consider creating a financially-literate future by supporting learners at Young Americans Center.

Money Smarts This Summer

Summer will be here before you know it!  Young Americans Center wants to help you teach your kids Money Smarts this summer by offering week-long, summer day camps.  Youth who are entering third through eighth grade in fall, 2020 can participate in Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, YouthBiz, and more. Cost is $250 per camper per week, and financial aid is available.

Sign Up Today!

Life Skills in Northern Colorado

For teachers, AmeriTowne On the Road is the best way to teach economics and civics.  “These are the skills you need for your life,” said Ann K. Heiman Elementary Teacher Crystal Reed.  Ms. Reed has brought students to AmeriTowne for the last three years, including last month's visit to Aims Community College in Greeley.  Local presenting sponsor Community Banks of Colorado made this program possible.

Read about how Greeley Mayor Gates welcomed students to Towne on our blog.

ReFUND What Matters

If you get a state income tax refund in 2020, you will have a new opportunity to donate some or all of it to support our ongoing work in Colorado communities.  The new program described by the ReFUND CO initiative puts you in charge of where your donation goes.

It’s as simple as 1,2,3!

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I Learned It in AmeriTowne:

JD Schneider, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Young AmeriTowne turns 30 years old this year!  More than half a million youth have gained a hands-on lesson in free enterprise—a generation of young people.  To celebrate this accomplishment, we’re highlighting local business leaders who participated in AmeriTowne when they were kids, such as JD Schneider, Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and former Bank President in AmeriTowne. 

Read JD's story here!

Win Some Money This Spring Break:

YouthBiz and Denver Public Libraries Provide Free Camps

Young Americans Center for Financial Education has partnered with two Denver Public Libraries to provide a FREE entrepreneurship experience for middle schoolers: 

  • Blair Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Hadley Branch Library

Teens ages 11-14 have a chance to win $350 in this four-day session, Tuesday, March 31 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

Sign Up Today!

Apply for a Financial Innovation Award

Students, teachers, and schools can all apply for a MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Award, presented by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education. In addition to statewide recognition for the awards, honorees will be awarded funds to continue elevating personal finance education in Colorado and their communities.

Learn more and apply!

Monthly Entrepreneur: 

Ryder Matz, Owner of Ryder’s Riches LLC

When 10-year-old Ryder Matz received a gumball machine for his birthday, he decided to start a business!  Ryder’s Traveling Gumball Machines spend time visiting shops and restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisville, and Boulder area, adventuring to a new spot every month or two.

Ryder did a Summer Camp at Young Americans Center for Financial Education that he loved, encouraging him to apply for the annual Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition.  He went on to win the top prize in his age category–$1,000 plus a mentor to help him make his business even better!

Learn more about Ryder on our blog and watch his segment on Colorado & Company.

Meet a Board Member: 

Scott Simon, Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado

Scott Simon brings 26 years of professional investment management experience to the Young Americans Bank Board of Directors.  Since 2007, Simon has served as Chief Investment Officer for the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) with the primary responsibility for the overall design and implementation of the Association’s investment strategy.

Simon joined the Young Americans Board ten years ago, allowing him to support youth financial literacy in a meaningful way.

Learn more about Simon's commitment to youth financial education on our blog.

Sponsor Spotlight: 

Janus Henderson Investors - Preparing Fifth Graders to be Compassionate Community Leaders

Thanks to Janus Henderson Investors, students participating in Young AmeriTowne gain hands-on experience in civics and learn the role of a well-run local government in a free enterprise system.

Learn more about this partnership and hear from Towne elected officials on our blog.

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