January 2021
In This Issue
Date | Event
1/9 Create a Business Plan Workshop Pt.1
1/13 Tee-rrific Products Workshop
1/30 Create a Business Plan Workshop Pt.2
2/1 Summer Camp registration opens for returning families
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Make a Gift
YouthBiz Workshops
Money Matters Classes
Summer Camps

From the President & CEO

Happy New Year from Young Americans Bank and Center for Financial Education!  We are so excited for the new year and remain committed to our mission of ensuring youth receive the knowledge to become financially self-sufficient, more productive citizens, and active participants in our free enterprise system.

I am extremely proud of the Young Americans team for the work that was accomplished during the past year.  This includes continuing our role as an essential business and serving our customers at Young Americans Bank.  In addition, the team worked diligently to pivot our educational programming to support students, teachers, and families with virtual offerings until we can return to our signature in-person sessions.

We are beginning to welcome back school groups into Young AmeriTowne and International Towne and are grateful for the trust that our education partners and donors have given us to further our mission.  I wanted to share some exciting highlights with you as we kick off 2021:

  • We concluded a two-year Impact Study on Young AmeriTowne in 2020. The results were not surprising but are very exciting.  Young AmeriTowne benefits students but also has impact beyond the classroom, including families with its unique structure of partnering with teachers to deliver a world-class curriculum and the culminating experience of visiting and running Towne to put all those life lessons to use with jobs, businesses, and their own government.  Look for those results to be shared widely in 2021.
  • Summer Camps return! We are making preparations to open registration for in-person summer camps on March 1st.  Offerings will include our traditional offerings as well as new three-day camps for those students who did Towne lessons at school to run Young AmeriTowne or International Towne and didn’t get to visit us.
  • Student learning continues! Fueled by donor support, teachers are continuing to deliver Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, and YouthBiz programming virtually.
  • A brand new Young AmeriTowne opens! Our basement classrooms have been converted into a new, 10-shop Young AmeriTowne so even more young people can experience this powerful program.

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021! 

Thank you again for your trust and support during a challenging year!

Summer Camp Update:

Registration Opens March 1st

Young Americans Center for Financial Education will hold Summer Camps again this summer.  We are delaying registration by one month to help families plan, but we've already posted the full Summer Camp schedule online.  Registration for 2021 camps begins on Monday, March 1st.

Browse the complete schedule and learn about our plans to keep staff and campers safe.

Donate Your Tax Refund

to Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Young Americans Center for Financial Education is proud to be one of the registered nonprofits participating in the State of Colorado’s Donate Your Tax Refund to Charity Program, an important fundraising program offered through the Colorado Department of Revenue.

This statewide program allows taxpayers to make contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return.  Remember, you can make a donation even if you take the standard deduction.

Find more information and a step-by-step guide on our website.

Thank You, Colorado!

Donors provide Money Smarts on Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day donations to Young Americans Center totaled $23,243 this year!  Thank you to the many donors who helped provide Money Smarts for Colorado kids!  

Bad Cat Finger Boards Finds Success at YouthBiz Marketplace

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Reynolds is definitely living up to his advice of “do something you like so that you can stay engaged and have fun!”  This young entrepreneur has made more than $1,000 this year, including profits from YouthBiz Marketplace.

Meet Charlie and read about how he got his start on our blog.


Concept of the Month: Savvy Shopper

Young Americans Bank brings you tips for savvy shopping this month!  If your holiday money is burning a hole in your pocket, read these tips to help you save money on your next purchase. 

Find tips and a fillable Budget Worksheet on our blog.

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 CardBound

Leonard Shearer, the 18-year-old owner of Cardbound LLC, is the winner of the 2020 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition in the 16-21 age category.  Over the next year, he'll work with Raju Patel, Market President at Bank of America, to grow and streamline his business.

Sponsor Spotlight:

How Xcel Energy Supports Our Community

Community support is central to Xcel Energy’s DNA, but the events of the last nine months have made it even more so. A long-time partner of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Xcel Energy has gone above and beyond to help students, families, businesses, and nonprofits weather the storm.
Discover how Xcel partners with local nonprofits, including supporting Young AmeriTowne, on our blog.
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