Before their day running Young AmeriTowne:WyoTowne, students spend time in their school classrooms learning about personal and business finance, including profit and loss, savings and investment, and the structure of business operations. They also learn about philanthropy and giving back to their community.
Presented with a list of charities, WyoTowne students from this past school year voted on the organizations they wanted to support. The top two vote getters, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, were the options for students to contribute their Towne money at the “Donation Station” located in Towne Square. The students chose the Make a Wish Foundation and Food Bank of the Rockies. Each child could choose whether to donate or not. It was not mandatory. Among the nearly 800 kids who participated in Towne, more than $4,100.00 was dropped into the donation station receptacle.
“Giving our youth the opportunity to give back to their community in a tangible way financially builds their sense of belonging and connection to our community. It teaches them to give back and helps them think outside of themselves,” said Jessica Baxter, Vice President of Operations, BGCCW. “It is not just a skill we are building, philanthropy is a necessity for healthy communities and healthy lives.”
As the presenting sponsor of Towne Square, First Interstate Bank, on behalf of the children who participated in Towne, will make a donation to each of these charities equaling 10% of the money donated in Towne.
WyoTowne is located inside the All American Center and is operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming and Young AmeriTowne, in partnership with the Natrona County School District.