Thank you for supporting financial literacy for Arizona students!




The ThriveTime Challenge was launched in 2011 as a non-profit initiative. The Challenge is a state wide financial literacy initiative providing opportunities for high school students to learn important concepts related to managing money and time as well as the importance of charity and overall positive decision making in a fun and innovative manner.

How it works:

The challenge will begin with a competition in select high schools where students compete in a single round tournament playing the award winning, ThriveTime for Teens board game. This initiative will culminate during Financial Literacy month in April 2014 with winners from schools across the state competing in a multi-round competition at one location to be the second annual ThriveTime Challenge winner. Winners from the school and state competitions have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000.

Tourney Details:

School competitions last 1-2 hours and the state competition 4-5 hours
School competitions have flexible delivery options (during or after school)
Final number of rounds and state competition structure depends on number of participants
Game facilitators and volunteers provided where available
Participation is available at NO COST to schools and students

Benefit to Schools:

  • Each new school participating will receive a classroom set of ThriveTime for Teens games
  • Home schools of the top 3 state competition winners will receive $1,000
  • Potential for PR/News coverage at the school

Benefit to Students:

The top winners from school competitions will move on to state competition in April 2014 to compete for scholarships!

  • The top 3 winners from the state competition will receive scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
  • Students will learn valuable concepts related to financial education

Schedule your school’s competition today! Call Shelly Drews or Angela Totman at 480-607-1940 or connect via email at

Quotes from Students:

Hello Shelly, My name is James Jessup I am a Jr (11th grade) at Skyline High school in Mesa Arizona , I spoke with you earlier about Thrive Time. I must say its a wonderful game and I enjoy playing it every time. This is my second year participating at the Thrive time challenge at Skyline High school. Im such a grateful student to have the opportunity to learn about managing money and un-expecting life changes. Thrive time is a game of choice and opportunity. No skill is required, which is another reason why I enjoy playing it. I play this game at home with my mom and dad, they think its a wonderful game to teach teenagers about life. Last year when I played this game for the first time at Skyline I came first in the school competition. As I advanced to state playing for my scholarship money, I was so honored cause not many kids have the privilege to play for Scholarship money. I got knocked out first in the tournament, but I did not loose hope. I knew "Pay your family first" would be coming back to skyline for another opportunity. The second time I competed in the school competition and placed 4th. Im looking forward to going to state and playing at Grand Canyon University. I thank Angela Totman the Director Of Operations for Pay Your Family First for letting me enjoy such a fun, exciting, life learning game.

-James Jessup

Palo Verde High School Student Comments:

- I learned that living on your own can be expensive!
- I enjoyed being able to own a business.
- I learned life is not as easy as I think!
- I learned how fast money really gets spent!!
- It made me think about life!
- I learned how to spend money more wisely.
- I learned how to make decisions to earn more money.