April 2020
In This Issue
Date | Event
4.15  Virtual YouthBiz Workshop
4.22 Virtual YouthBiz Workshop
4.25  YouthBiz Online Marketplace begins
4.29  Virtual YouthBiz Workshop
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From the President & CEO

Over the past month, as our normal day-to-day lives have completely changed, Young Americans Center for Financial Education staff and I have been working hard to bring you Money Smarts for Kids in a new way.  For the first time, we are so excited to announce that teachers, parents, and students can now find hands-on learning opportunities they can enjoy from their homes: This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a vast collection of resources to diversify and strengthen your at home learning.  

Support Kids and Surprise a Friend

Shop at the First-Ever YouthBiz Online Marketplace!

We’re hosting our first-ever online Marketplace this year!  At this ultimate buy-local experience, young business owners sell their own unique products–all handmade. You will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more while the online shops are open: Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 9.  Surprise a friend or treat yourself, all while you stay and home and support youth-owned businesses!

Shops Open Saturday, April 25 - Saturday, May 9!

Young Americans Bank

Update on Opening a New Account

To protect both your family’s safety as well as that of our employees, Young Americans Bank is currently accepting new saving and checking account applications only through the mail.  As we remain committed to providing quality banking and financial education, please contact the Bank at 3030-321-2265 to receive an application and schedule an appointment to walk through the process.

Online Money Smarts for Kids 

Young Americans Center Debuts Virtual Learning Opportunities

Whether you’re searching for a quick activity or an in-depth, guided experience, Young Americans Center wants to help educators and parents provide a hands-on lesson in financial education to their students from their own homes.  Discover NEW virtual learning opportunities on our website such as:

Continuing High-quality Education During Uncertainty

More than 913,00 Colorado students (PK-12) have had their education disrupted by the spread of COVID-19. Schools haven’t faced this level of disruption in generations. 

Teachers, students and families are at the heart of everything Young Americans Center for Financial Education does, and we are committed to giving teachers the curricula they need, and map them to standards, to ensure their students continue their academic achievements. 

That’s why we've converted the Young AmeriTowne, International Towne and YouthBiz lessons to be online over a variety of platforms. And, we are offering our expert program staff as facilitators or guest lecturers.  

In this uncertain environment, it’s important that learning continues, even if it can’t happen in person.

Help Teachers Bring Financial Education to Online Classrooms

Money Tips and Activities for Kids

One thing that’s been on our minds this month is how we can help support parents and educators tasked with providing engaging and fun learning experiences that parents can execute at home.  As a result, we've shared some of our favorite money activities on our blog.  Think of this list as a sort of curated resource area where we’ve done the searching and provided the best financial education resources out there!

Apply and Win!

Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Business Competition Applications Now Available

While you're at home, today is the perfect opportunity for young entrepreneurs to perfect their application to the Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars business competition!  Youth ages 6-21 can earn cash prizes, up to $5,000, plus a year-long mentor.  Whether you've been in business a couple of months or a couple of years, you're eligible as long as you've made at least one sale!
Apply by May 30!

Creative Ways to be a Young Entrepreneur

Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, at times, may feel constraining and like we can’t create anything useful or enjoy time together. At YouthBiz, we believe you can still have great fun with family and friends while developing your business via online platforms. And we’re here to help! 

Find our top creative tips on our blog, and visit our YouthBiz Virtual Learning page for even more inspiration!

Help for Those in Need of Tasks and Those in Need

Young Americans Center for Financial Education is proud to partner with Children's Hospital Colorado to provide resources and ideas for families during this difficult time.  There are opportunities to help those in need and opportunities to help those in need of activities!

Parenting Tips

Experts at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute offer tips to help you and your kids cope with COVID-19-related anxiety in a healthy way, including how to talk to your child about the virus, showing gratitude, connecting with others, and how to set up a new routine for all ages of children.


Children love helping out their community, and Children's Hospital Colorado has two ideas for how kids can help other kids during this crisis.  They are now accepting donations of homemade masks and fleece blankets which are presented to patients admitted to the hospital.  All ages of children can create (or help create!) the fleece blankets using this tutorial.  Masks are a better project for ages 10 and up, depending on ability.  Children's Hospital Colorado requests that mask-makers follow guidelines recommended by the CDC.  Blanket and mask donations can be made via appointment.  Find more information here.

Blood Donations

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Blood Donor Center is seeking community help to ensure they can continue to meet the transfusion needs of patients. If you're able to donate blood or platelets, please call 720-777-5398 to be screened over the phone and to schedule an appointment.

For more information and further helpful resources, visit Children's Hospital Colorado online.


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