Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may help you understand our program better.
Where is Young AmeriTowne?
Young AmeriTowne has two locations: 1) our headquarters facility in Denver at 3550 E. 1st Ave. and 2) our Belmar facility in Lakewood at 401 S. Pierce Street. Both locations have openings throughout the school year.
How long does it take to teach the Young AmeriTowne curriculum?
The curriculum consists of 37 lessons grouped into 8 chapters. Most lessons can be taught during a 40-minute class period. Depending on how many lessons are taught each day, the entire curriculum can be taught in anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks ahead of your scheduled field trip day. Teachers are given a planning table during orientation to help plan their teaching schedule.
How much does it cost to come to Young AmeriTowne and how will we be billed?
Each student that comes to Young AmeriTowne is asked to pay a fee of $20. The fee includes Young AmeriTowne curriculum, classroom materials, teacher orientation and supplies necessary to operate Young AmeriTowne. Your school will only be billed for tuition based on the actual number of students participating the day of your excursion. We ask for a $250 deposit when you pick up your curriculum materials. The balance of tuition is due and payable within sixty (60) days after your excursion date. If other payment arrangements are needed, they can be made prior to receiving your program materials by contacting the Director, Programs Registration.
How many students can participate in the program?
To ensure the best possible experience for your students, a minimum of 60 students and a maximum of 120 students is required. If your group does not fit within theese numbers, you may consider combining with another small group and coming together or dividing your group and coming on more than one day. Both options are available and easy to accomodate. Please contact the Director, Programs Registration at 303-321-2265 with questions regarding your group size.
What kind of training do teachers need in order to teach the curriculum successfully?
Teacher orientation and refresher sessions are offered July through April to provide critical information about Young AmeriTowne program mechanics and classroom materials.
- A 6-hour orientaton is required for all teachers who have not previously taught the Young AmeriTowne curriculum.
- A 2-hour refresher is recommended for teachers who have participated previously in Young AmeriTowne.
Plan to attend an orientation or refresher session at least 2 months prior to your scheduled Towne date. To reserve your spot, contact the Director, Programs Registration at 303-321-2265.
Click here to see a schedule of teacher orientation and refresher dates.
Our group is not part of a public school system. Is it still possible for us to participate in this program?
Absolutely! A wide variety of groups participate in this program each year. Private schools, parochial schools, home school groups and alternative schools are all able and welcome to participate. Contact us for ideas on how to make this program work for your particular group's needs (303-321-2265).
What are the main concepts taught as part of the Young AmeriTowne curriculum?
The Young AmeriTowne curriculum is designed to teach children about the free enterprise system through a variety of lessons and activities which include:
- Basic Economics: Students get an overview of the free enterprise system learning about supply and demand, consumers and producers and the economic process.
- Banking: A basic overview of the banking process in which students will learn about and experience the use of a checking account that they will use to write checks during their day in Towne.
- Money Management: Concepts such as budgeting, investing and the importance of savings are discussed.
- Government: Students learn how our government works by developing laws, campaigning and participating in primary and general elections.
- Communications: Students learn the real life skills of filling out job applications and going through job interviews to be hired for their positions in Towne.
- Philanthropy: Lessons on caring for your community and giving back to those in need are discussed so that each person becomes a vital link in making their community a better place.
- Business Preparation: Businesses conduct staff meetings, prepare their businesses to open and have job-training sessions.
- Closing Activities: Back at school, lessons on determining profitability for your business, balancing your account with the bank, business evaluations and Employee of the Day awards are completed to complete the program.
How can parents and other adult volunteers get involved in this program?
As you go through the curriculum, parents and adult volunteers are a great resource for you to use as guest speakers and community resources.
- They can help with lessons such as job interviews and business meetings as you prepare your students to come to Young AmeriTowne.
- When your school comes to Young AmeriTowne, parent and adult volunteers can also attend with your school to help facilitate the children's day in Towne. Those who do attend are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation session to give them some background and better prepare them for what to expect on the day of the field trip.
- Click here for a schedule of Volunteer Orientations sessions.
- If volunteers are unable to attend an orientation session, they will need to be provided with a copy of the Volunteer Orientation Packet (included in your classroom materials).
What can we expect on the day of our visit?
The students arrive at Young AmeriTowne and change from students of economics to citizens of Young AmeriTowne.
Before the Towne opens for business, the Mayor and Judge are officially sworn into office during the Opening Ceremony in which the Mayor gives a speech and cuts the ribbon to officially open Towne.
Accountants write checks for employee salaries and to pay business expenses. After these checks are written, Accountants deposit shop income into business accounts to repay the Bank loan with interest at the end of the day and hopefully make a profit.
Employees receive paychecks to deposit into their checking accounts at the bank so that when they go on break they can spend their hard-earned cash and write checks at other businesses.
Although businesses compete for customers' dollars, each shop serves a unique purpose in the economy. Goods and services are bought and sold by each of the 17 businesses around Towne. Each business supports one another and the economy as a whole.
Each citizen and business is encouraged to donate money to one of 6 nonprofit organizations so that each member of the society is able to give back to the community and help those in need.
Every economic decision made by participants becomes a learning experience, because all these decisions affect their business or personal finances.
What are the hours of Young AmeriTowne and how long can we expect to be there?
Young AmeriTowne operates between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with the students needing to spend four complete hours at the Towne site.
Can we visit Young AmeriTowne before we sign up or before we come on our scheduled day in Towne?
Yes! You can schedule an appointment to come and see Young AmeriTowne "in action" most weekdays between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 303-321-2265 to schedule a time to visit.
What happens if we need to cancel?
Notification must be made in writing to Young Americans Center for Financial Education, 3550 East First Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80206 and must be received at least sixty (60) days prior to your scheduled Towne date. If notification is not received, or if teachers have already received classroom materials, a cancellation fee of $250 will be charged. If your session date is canceled by Young Amercians Center for Financial Education, any monies paid to us will be refunded.