Community leaders join for Young AmeriTowne Opening Ceremony
- April 7, 2016
-- In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) participated in a Young AmeriTowne Opening Ceremony. Young AmeriTowne is an educational program offered to 4th and 5th grade teachers to help teach students about business, economics and free enterprise in a fun and hands-on way. The Opening Ceremonies is a ribbon-cutting ceremony and swearing-in of elected student government leaders. The ceremony marks the official opening of Young AmeriTowne, a 17-business town modeled like real-life businesses.
"Young AmeriTowne is a tremendous program that provides invaluable life skills for young people, and it was a real highlight to take part in their Opening Ceremonies,"
said Rep. Ed Perlmutter. "By exposing kids to economics, business and finance at a young age, Young Americans Center for Financial Education and its programs are helping today's kids succeed professionally and personally as they become adults."
Various community leaders including Linda Childears, President and CEO, Daniels Fund, Don Childears, President, Colorado Bankers Association, David Kelly, Chief Risk Officer, FirstBank and Jeff Schmitz, Executive Vice President, Citywide Banks, joined 5th
grade students from Blue Heron Elementary school, a Jeffco Public School on Wednesday to celebrate National Financial Literacy Month, an opportunity to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a Denver-based nonprofit that develops the financial literacy of youth and young adults through hands-on, real-life experiences is proud to have served over 678,000 youth since 1987. "Young Americans teaches financial responsibility to youth up to the age of 21 years old in a unique and creative way," says Rich Martinez, President and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education. "We are the only bank in the world just for youth, and through programs like Young AmeriTowne, students obtain real-life, hands-on experience around money, entrepreneurship and financial responsibility to set them up for lifetime success." Young Americans programs are purposely designed to enable youth to proper in our free enterprise system. To learn more about the Young AmeriTowne program or Young Americans, visit www.yacenter.org.About Young Americans Center for Financial Education
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. Young Americans 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, 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 675,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit www.yacenter.org