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A Meeting of the Mayors: Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul visits Young AmeriTowne
Mayor Paul met with students, volunteers, and community supporters to see how Young AmeriTowne works. The Medical Center Accountant showed Mayor Paul how she wrote checks to pay for business expenses such as utilities and advertising. Students working in the Sign and Print Shop explained their sales strategy—shoppers can purchase items in AmeriTowne using cash or a debit card. Shaking hands, Mayor Paul asked 12-year-old Mayor Jack about the best part of being in charge. Jack replied, "I have earned the respect of a lot of my classmates!"
At the end of his visit, Mayor Paul left the students with a gift, pins from the City of Lakewood, and a challenge. "Lakewood was named an All-America City for the second time because of the amazing work our youth are doing to prepare for a successful future." He said. "These pins are a reminder that even though you're young, you can create a caring, supportive community in your neighborhood."
Also in attendance was Richard E. Martinez, Jr., President and CEO of Young Americans Center. "We were honored to have Mayor Paul visit Young AmeriTowne today," he said. "For these young people, Mayor Paul's visit validates their hard work to prepare for AmeriTowne and demonstrates that today's leaders genuinely care about their future."
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 750,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit https://yacenter.org.