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Where To Find Great Ideas in Northeast Denver

By: Katie Payer Published: March 14th, 2013
The members of the Youth Council pose with CEO Rich Martinez at the Branch Grand Opening.

The members of the Youth Council pose with CEO Rich Martinez at the Branch Grand Opening.

Learning new things in Far Northeast Denver

What do you get when you gather a group of 7 teenagers, lots of questions about money, a brand new Young Americans Bank branch, and plenty of snacks? A great brainstorming group!

Meet the members of the Youth Advisory Council. This select group of students from schools in Far Northeast Denver meets monthly to provide feedback, ideas and support to Young Americans’ new location. Because these students go to school right near the branch – either on campus or just a few miles away – they are experts at knowing how to help us spread the word.

Since November, the teens have helped out in a variety of ways:

  • They spent many hours each hosting a table at various locations so the local community could learn about us.
  • They helped to host the successful Grand Opening of our Branch by being a welcoming presence, assisting with announcements, and networking with guests.
  • Each has had many friends take a survey on the best hours for the Branch to be open, which helps us determine our staffing needs.
  • The group continues to brainstorm new ideas about classes, activities, giveaways and much more.

Get to know the Youth Council

The members of the Youth Council are:

Faruq Belen, Denver School of Science & Technology
Luz Castaneda, Montbello High School
Nanu Dahal, DCIS at Montbello
Jadrian Franklin, Montbello High School
Delia Lozano, Montbello High School
Emya Pinkard, Denver School of Science & Technology
Payton Rice, STRIVE Prep

Meet a few of these wonderful Youth Council members through their 30-second videos.

Jay Franklin is an incredibly active junior at Montbello High School.

Luz Castaneda would like to be a teacher when she grows up, so her involvement with an educational organization like Young Americans has been helpful.

Emya Pinkard attends Denver School of Science and Technology and was one of the first new accounts at our Branch.

Faruq Belen also attends Denver School of Science and Technology and loves participating in our free weekend classes.

Do you have a question for any of these Youth Council members about their experiences?  Tell us below and we’ll ask!

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