Young Americans Center Welcomes Area Teens to Youth Board

Metro area teens get practice running a real bank for kids plus a nonprofit.
DENVER - Aug. 31, 2015 - PRLog -- Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a Denver-based non-profit that develops the financial literacy of youth and young adults, announced the names of the 14 teens from throughout the metro area who will serve on its Youth Advisory Board for this school year.  According to President and CEO Rich Martinez, “Young Americans has enjoyed the youth perspective provided by our teen board since we were founded.”  The teens weigh in on strategies and marketing for the Center’s Young Americans Bank and other popular financial educational programs.  The teens, ranging from 8th grade to high school seniors have the opportunity to learn “hands-on” about banking, business and the role of nonprofits in a community.  They will receive training and experience in how to serve on a board, media relations and philanthropy. One of the highlights of their board service is choosing the real charities for the Donation Station at the Center’s flagship Young AmeriTowne program, where each year 26,000 5th graders run their own town for a day.

Selected through a competitive application and interview process, the 2015/2016 Youth Advisory Board members are:

Grace Romer, Co-Chair, 12th Grade, East High School
Kirk Zieser, Co-Chair, 10th Grade, Arapahoe High School
Natalie Allon, 12th Grade, George Washington High School
Rakheti Garrett-Mills, 9th Grade, Hinkley High School
David Geldzahler, 9th Grade, East High School
Andrew Hageman, 9th Grade, George Washington High School
Colette Martinez, 11th Grade, Grandview High School
Susie McInerney, 12th Grade, Mullen High School
Kayla Ro, 9th Grade, East High School
Ben Roswell, 10th Grade, Cherry Creek High School
Kenneth Sklar, 12th Grade, Cherry Creek High School
Nyle Sykes, 11th Grade, Cherry Creek High School
Kobi Truesdale, 10th Grade, DSST Cole High School
Walker Young, 8th Grade, St. Anne’s Episcopal School

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, YouthBiz/Young Entrepreneurs, 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

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