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State Farm® sends Denver Elementary Schoolers to Young AmeriTowne
Sponsorship sends five at-risk elementary school groups to Young AmeriTowne, the proven hands-on educational program in money management and free enterprise.
By: State Farm
Katie Payer, VP/Communications
State Farm® sends Denver Elementary Schoolers toYoung AmeriTowne
Sponsorship supports at-risk youth
Denver (April 7, 2015) – State Farm has announced a one-year, $30,000 sponsorship to send five at-risk elementary school groups to Young AmeriTowne, the hands-on lesson in free enterprise created and hosted by Young Americans Center for Financial Education. StateFarm has now given a total of $250,000 over the past ten years to Young Americans’ Send-a-School program.
The funds allow each school to send between 60 and 120 4th and 5th graders. These students will complete 30 hours of lessons in the classroom before coming to Young AmeriTowne for one day to run a kid-sized town of 17 shops. The in-class lessons consist of civics, including an election and law creation; finances, which teach check writing, register balancing, debit card use and loans; and job application, where students complete a resume, fill out a job application and go through an interview process.
“StateFarm has been a long-time supporter of the Young AmeriTowne Send-a-School program,” said Young Americans Center President and CEO, Richard Martinez. “We are grateful for their continued partnership, which allows hundreds of students to experience our unique program and learn valuable lessons that will enable them to be responsible, successful citizens.”
“We are thrilled to continue our support of the Send-a-School program and once again partner with Young Americans. Now, many hundreds of at-risk, low-income youth will have the same access to the unique Young AmeriTowne program as all other students,” said State Farm Agent Denise Smith.
State Farm’s sponsorship fully funds the participation of all students involved, including the workbooks, supplies, and experience at Young AmeriTowne. State Farm employees will also have the opportunity to volunteer with the students they are supporting. Volunteers will conduct the job interview in the classroom and also assist the students as they run Young AmeriTowne for a day.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a nonprofit organization committed to developing the financial literacy of young people, up to age 22, through real life experiences and hands-on programs. The Center fulfills its mission by offering programs that complement and reinforce each other to build life skills, work skills and financial self-sufficiency. These include Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, Get aHead for Business, Money Matters classes, summer camps, and more.
In addition, Young Americans Center houses the only real bank in the world for young people, Young Americans Bank, which shares the same educational mission of teaching children to be financially responsible. Since 1987, more than 600,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit www.yacenter.org.
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