Preparing young people for a future of wise financial decisions has been the aim of Young Americans Center for Financial Education for years and a recent partnership with YouthBiz will allow both groups to become the largest youth-serving …
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Preparing young people for a future of wise financial decisions has been the aim of Young Americans Center for Financial Education for years and a recent partnership with YouthBiz will allow both groups to become the largest youth-serving entrepreneur organization in the state.
The two groups announced a joint partnership that will combine and transition operations over a three-year period — eventually housing all programming at the Young Americans Center.
Over the coming three years, the joint operation has plans: To reach more than 5,000 students in their classrooms, and thousands more through the growth of online platforms; envision an enhanced delivery model for curriculum content that incorporates the best experiences the two organizations have, to teach young people in a hands-on, real-life way; and evaluate additional options to support new neighborhoods of students seeking an outlet for their entrepreneurial spirit.
By the end of 2017, all programming should be fully integrated to provide a streamlined experience to students of all economic levels, all education levels, all age levels, throughout Colorado, according to information provided by Young Americans.
“We’re very excited about this partnership — it’s a chance for Young Americans to reach out to a different demographic than we’ve been able to,” said Rich Martinez, President and CEO of Young Americans Center for Financial Education.
“We’ve been longtime partners with Young Americans — they have a great reach into the schools and we have great connections to low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said Aaron Bailey, the Chair of the Board of Directors for YouthBiz.
Bailey said that YouthBiz has been working for the past 22 years to offer the chance for more than 5,600 students to receive entrepreneurial skills, make money and have real-life learning experiences.
“We help teachers and students to solve problems through entrepreneurial ventures,” he said. “We have such fantastic students and it’s always impressive to see them take the foundation we provide and start a business that can change their lives.”
The Young Americans Center for Financial Education established the Young Americans Bank and Young AmeriTowne and International Towne experiences that help students all over the state.
“Young Americans has been in schools but not as much with our entrepreneurship programs,” Martinez said. “Being an entrepreneur is about solving problems, and we want to broaden what we offer.”
YouthBiz will remain in its current form for the time being and the staff will continue to serve the students and families in Denver’s Five Points area from its current location.
With the collaboration of the Young Americans team, YouthBiz will still offer a variety of entrepreneurial classes to the current student cohort and any new students who seek support.
For more information visit www.yacenter.org or www.youthbiz.org.
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