The University of Arizona

Why Compete in AFF?

Team2

Each year a variety of schools and organizations compete in the Arizona Financial Face-Off (AFF)! It requires students and teachers to work together to compete in games and a case study presentation. In April 2015, teachers and students were asked about their experiences at AFF and this is what they had to say!
 

Apply today to compete in AFF.
 

Jack and Jill of America, Tucson Chapter

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-I enjoyed the activities: Football, Millionaire, and Budget Ball.
-Outside activities with groups because I could bond with other teams.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes, it further explained concepts that I did not fully understand.
-I received more in depth understanding of general financial principles.

 

Lisa Ordonez:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
This was a wonderful experience, and our kids really grew from it.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
This competition has increased their understanding and it has started conversations about finance at home.

 

 

 

Arizona College Prep

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
– Presenting. Having the ability to take that role was very impactful.
-My favorite part was the family plans presentation because it helped me apply my knowledge.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes, I know that I can start to connect it with my family’s own finance.
-I do understand the principles a lot better because I can see how important they are in terms of my future, especially college and such.
-In doing this for three years, yes. Most of this has been engrained in my head and is sure to impact my financial lifestyle.
-Yes. Before AFF, I only had a concept of banking. I had never heard of money and other things that I learned.

 

Gulen Hicks:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Extremely! This is the key.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
Absolutely, it is a great learning experience and very relevant to real life. Plus it is fun and a great memory!

 

 

 

 

Rincon High School

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-Playing the sports with other schools and my teammates because it really is fun and we have a chance to meet others and have a good time.
– The presentation, it was really fun and we really got to express our knowledge of finances.
-I had fun all day, but it was working as a team.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes, I feel like I will be better at planning for the future and that will make my goals easier to reach.
-Yes, by us playing games and being asked questions about personal financial management it is now stuck in my head.
-Yes, I learned so much more like how I should save for my future goals.

 

Stacia Reeves:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Very! Thank you for making it part of everyone’s day regardless of the morning results.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
The life-learning is outstanding! This is the critical thinking that we so badly needed in education this day and age. This is common core at its finest! Problem solving skills are necessary and it has not been a priority in education. This learning is essential, and thank you for modeling it for us! You (TCC) Rock!

 

 

 

Alice Vail Middle School

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-I enjoyed the sporting activities because they provided a physical and mental challenge.
-The games because it gave me a chance to play games with my team.
-Making the presentation, because it was fun explaining our decisions.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes, I know nothing before and TCC has given me tools, simulations, activities, and games to increase it.
-Yes, because I know things I wouldn’t have learned until later and now the knowledge will stick with me for the future.
-Yes, I learned to save early and be responsible.
-Yes, because now I know how to budget everything and to not spend too much.
-I do. I did not know how loans and credit worked at all and now I feel I can discuss these topics with ease.

 

Gale Mitchell:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Very valuable. I loved the last-minute (last-hours) presentation of the family scenario. Students were able to show what they know.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
My students learned important material and worked as a team to be successful. I am very proud and they know it; this is great for their self-esteem as well.

 

 

 

Upward Bound High School

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-The different activities because it allowed the challenges to be entertaining.
-Competing against other teams because I got to meet new people

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes definitely. The questions asked in games helped me remember my knowledge of finance management.
-I understand the concepts of saving all the way to income.

 

Katie Johnson:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
It was valuable because each team had different scenarios.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
Our students have learned so much valuable financial information via AFF. This is the only avenue where our students learn this type of information.

 

 

 

Western Institute for Leadership Development

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-My favorite part was playing football and answering questions while playing.
-My favorite part was the games.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes I do, because everything is a lot more hands-on. I got to be in a real-life scenario.
-Yes, you need to make sure you have a steady spending plan to be financially secure and work for opportunities.
-Yes, now I can see that not everyone is going to have a good credit score.
-Yes, I learned about the spending plans and how to budget.

 

Ramon Muñoz:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Great.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
They learn that money can be a stressor that can be alleviated by applying basic personal financial principles.

 

 

 

 

Edge High School

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-Presenting our case study because the feel of the presentation was very professional.
-Flag football because the competition was friendly.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-I do better understand the principles of personal financial management and I also know things that I have not learned before.
-I understand the concept of financial planning better.
-Yes, the information we studied was very relevant to our future.

 

Jackie Shope:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Very helpful.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
Absolutely! My students always leave here more confident and with tools that will impact them in their futures. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Tucson International Academy – Midvale

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-Budget ball, because we worked as a team and had a lot of fun.
-Presenting to people, because we had the chance to train and plan something.
-I liked everything, especially the sports.

 

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-Yes, because I had the chance to actually think what I’ll do in the future when buying a house.
-Yes, because I didn’t know anything about it.

 

Jonathon Basurto:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Very valuable, because it gave everyone a chance to share and understand the plan.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
Absolutely. Every time we did a review or a Take Charge Cat came in our classroom the students would take information to their parents. This helps students not only to prepare for the future, but their parents prepare now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encourager’s Co-Op

Students:

What was your favorite part of the entire competition day?
-Financial Savvy Millionaire was interesting and I learned a lot.
-Budget Ball, it was a lot of fun and the other team was kind.
-Evaluating and making our housing decisions.
-Financial football. A fun way to play and still use the things that we have learned.

 

Do you better understand the principles of personal financial management?
-I didn’t know a thing before the program and it was all taught and presented very well.
-Yes, I have learned more about finances.
-Yes, hopefully I can remember and apply them to my life.

 

Ana Castro-Eubanks:

How valuable was having all teams present their family scenario?
Very valuable, because it used to showcase their knowledge.

Do you feel that AFF provides a valuable learning experience for your students?
Absolutely. I have students that repeat the presentation because it is fun and they retain a lot. It is wonderful to see students, even middle school students, more confident about their finances and aware of financial decisions and their impact on their future selves!