Two SMA Students Selected for Youth Advisory Board at Young Americans Bank

St. Mary's Academy students Hannah Reyes (Gr. 10) and Emma Seneshen (Gr. 12) have been selected for the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Board of the Young Americans Bank to advise and oversee the bank and the nonprofit programs of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Both leaders bring considerable skills and passion to the board, which is comprised of 17 Denver area teenagers.

Hannah was recognized as the 2020 Village Hero by the City of Greenwood Village for hand-sewn mask donations she made to several community organizations, an offshoot of the HER Designs business she started six years ago. In 2019, she won the YouthBiz Stars competition for the 12-15 age group. That same year Hannah testified before the Colorado Senate and House of Representative Committees on Business to advocate for the SB IO I-legalization of minor businesses in Colorado. She is the founding president of SMA's Speech and Debate team.

Emma serves as president of the SMA Investment Club, which is responsible for managing a $25,000 portfolio. The club meets weekly to discuss current events that affect the stock market and research publicly-traded companies for potential investment. She also participates on the state champion SMA Mock Trial team and is a member of the National Honor Society. A National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, Emma devised a pandemic-friendly digital payment method for school events at St. Mary's Academy. She dedicates her service learning time with Project C.U.R.E.

In August 1987, Young Americans Bank opened in Denver, Colorado, as the world's only bank designed specifically for young people, ages 21 and under. By 1988, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit was formed to provide programs complementing the bank's educational mission. This nonprofit, now called Young Americans Center for Financial Education, provides a variety of hands-on programs for youth that develop financial skills and relevant learning.