WHAT WE DO:
Young Americans Center for Financial Education in Denver, Colorado, provides hands-on programs and real-life experiences that build life skills, work skills, and financial self-sufficiency in youth.
Our tagline, Money Smarts for Kids - Money Skills for Life, expresses our goal of educating youth at a young age so they are positioned to make wise financial choices in the future. It also portrays the continuum of relevant programs we offer. Since 1987 more than 460,000 youth up to age 22 have participated in our programs.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Classes and Camps
From 90-minute Saturday classes for 5-16 year-olds to weeklong summer programs for 2nd - 7th graders, our programs bring learning to life through hands-on activities that engage the students, making learning fun and relevant. Topics range from savings to money management to entrepreneurship.
Our school-based programs provide teachers with lesson plans and materials they teach in the classroom, in preparation for a culminating activity that bring their learning to life. Our flagship programs include:
Youth Business Competition
Young Americans hosts an annual business competition for Colorado entrepreneurs, ages 6-21. This is not a business plan competition, but an event that recognizes youth who have started and run a real business.
Young Americans Bank
We are home to the only real bank in the world designed specifically for young people – an amazing “learning lab” that teaches kids financial responsibility using real bank products.
WHAT WE NEED:
Teaching young people to become financially responsible is not a luxury in today’s world; it is a necessity. In order to reach more children we need:
Get aHead for Business, piloted in one high school five years ago, is now being taught in 150 schools and alternative organizations throughout Colorado and into Wyoming.
Richard Martinez, President and CEO
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy