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Financial Literacy Education Program Returns to Grand Junction
Alpine Bank brings Young AmeriTowne On the Road back for a second year
Young AmeriTowne On the Road is a portable, interactive environment that replicates the current, award-winning program in Denver. Catering to classes of 25-55 students, the setup is ideal for connecting with smaller schools and those in rural settings that have found it challenging to reach Young Americans' Denver locations.
Thanks to Alpine Bank and other community partners, On the Road will be able to serve forty percent (40%) more Grand Valley students this year. Community support helps keep program fees low for students and teachers, who receive a robust 6-8 week curriculum, training, a student workbook, a debit card, a check-book, and an interactive "day in Towne" experience. Expanding On the Road in Grand Junction is so important to Clay Tufly, Alpine Bank Regional President, because, "At Alpine Bank, we believe that starting early with age-appropriate and relevant financial education and consistently reinforcing those lessons throughout the K-12 school experience can help youth develop positive habits and skills that can make a lifetime of difference in their financial well-being."
"We are thrilled to return to the Grand Junction community," says Rich Martinez, President and CEO of Young Americans. "Our generous partners have ensured that On the Road will be able to serve far more students this year, helping them learn about free enterprise, civics, personal finance, and workforce readiness in a fun, hands-on way."
About Young Americans Center
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, 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 http://yacenter.org.
Janet Redwine, Communications Director
Young Americans Center for Financial Education