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School Resources

The Daniels Fund Grants Program supports a number of organizations that provide great programs for schools in the areas of civics, ethics, and financial literacy. In November 2017, we held a forum for these grantees to give short overviews of their programs to many of our charter school partners. Videos of these presentations and details about the programs are available below as a resource for educators and school administrators.

Civics Education Organizations

American Legion
Colorado Boys & Girls State

Colorado Boys State:
Colorado Girls State:

Colorado Boys and Girls State is a week-long program in the summer for juniors in high school. Boys and Girls State "citizens" organize their own city, county, and state governments and choose their own elected officials through the election process.

By taking on various governmental roles, youth learn the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship in a hands-on way. Student program costs are paid by the American Legion.

Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute is a nonprofit educational organization based in Arlington, Virginia that develops educational resources on American history and government, provides professional development opportunities twice a year in Colorado, and provides free resources and lesson plans for teachers. The organization also provides programming and scholarship contests for students.

Saluting America

Saluting America provides school districts throughout the state with free activities and materials which instill patriotism, citizenship, and a greater understanding of freedom, sacrifice, and America’s history in 4th-8th grade students.

University of Colorado
National History Day in Colorado

National History Day in Colorado (NHDC) is a year-long program which brings relevancy to history for students in 4th-12th grades. The program culminates in regional, state, and national competitions. Colorado classrooms are supported through: professional development and training, curriculum development, research assistance for students, classroom support through interns & volunteers, and workshops/graduate credit/high school credit for teachers and students. Small supply and technology grants for teachers are also available. Based on feedback from teachers, students and parents, NHDC is able to report that students who participate feel 85% more prepared for college and post-secondary work because of NHDC than any other program.

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver –
Youth in Government

Youth in Government has two primary programs:
  • Model Legislature and Court, which teaches high school students about American government through hands-on activities which include: creating student delegations, preparing legislation to address state issues, and exploring legislative and judicial processes through a convening of a mock general session at the State Capitol.
  • Model United Nations, which teaches middle school students (delegates) about world geography, international issues, diplomacy, and various countries’ economic, political, and social history. This leads to students representing a country and negotiating on its behalf during a simulation of the United Nations.

Ethics Organizations

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative High School Program

The High School Program provides an early introduction to principle-based ethics education, targeting students active in business and marketing education. In addition to ethics curriculum and competitive events for students, the program provides professional development training and classroom materials for teachers.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Bank

The Case Bank is an online library of simple, straightforward business cases focused on principle-based ethics. These resources are available free-of-charge to the public for download and use in educational settings.

Financial Literacy / Economics Organizations

Economic Literacy Colorado

Economic Literacy Colorado provides graduate-level, curriculum-based classes, workshops, and conferences that train K-12 teachers to effectively teach economics and personal finance in the classroom.

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain
Main Number: 303.534.5252

Junior Achievement's programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

Junior Achievement's unique approach enables volunteers from the community to implement our curricula while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of Junior Achievement, our classroom volunteers transform key concepts into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can earn their economic success.

Young Americans Bank and
Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Young Americans Bank is a for-profit, FDIC-insured, state-chartered bank for youth up to 22 years old. Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a nonprofit organization that delivers the following programs:
  • Young AmeriTowne – a blended-learning educational program offered to 4th and 5th grade teachers to help teach students about business, economics, and free enterprise in a fun and hands-on way.
  • International Towne – a blended-learning educational program offered to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers to help teach students about global economics through fun experiential learning.
  • Youth Biz – a variety of classes, programs and workshops to teach young people entrepreneurial thinking and action to advance their social and economic prosperity.
  • Summer Camps – week-long camps for youth who have completed 2nd-6th grades such as Junior Money Matters, Be Your Own Boss, and Girls Can.
The organization maintains low fees, so students from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to participate.