Youth Services

The Spirit of Alaska Society of Smart Youth (SASSY) is dedicated to helping young credit union members learn more about how to manage money. Games for kids, tools for parents and prizes for those under 18 who open a savings account at Spirit of Alaska FCU!

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Introducing our new youth financial education program - SASSY!

The Spirit of Alaska Society of Smart Youth (SASSY) is a pathway for young members to succeed in the world of money.

Just because you're young doesn't mean you don't have money. The sooner you start learning the ins and outs of money management and financial responsibility, the better. As you continue to grow into an adult, it becomes increasingly important to learn sound money management skills. Money is a cornerstone in the foundation of happiness and well-being. SASSY helps you gain the skills, attitudes and behaviors for successfully managing money when it comes to balancing spending, saving, investing and sharing.

Members 17 or younger, are already enrolled in SASSY!

As a SASSY member, you are rewarded for learning with this merit based program that uses on-line activities, communications, and social events to help you as you grow, and have some fun learning in the process. SASSY serves our credit union youth with distinctive stages of development as DISCOVERERS (K-3rd grade), EXPLORERS (4th-7th grade), and SOARERS (8th-12th grade).

The SASSY page includes links to fun activities and helpful websites to ensure getting the financial management skills youth members can use for the rest of their lives. Research confirms that youth who learn to manage and balance life with money through responsible saving, spending, and sharing are more likely to be successful in many areas of education and life. Be money savvy, be SASSY!

Look for SASSY programs in your community and school organizations as we bring fun to a world of more money in your pockets. Learning about money now leads to a better future for you.

    Paying For Your Education

    - Smart Option Student Loans

    Looking for some help getting through school? Sallie Mae is partnering with credit unions to offer student loans to Spirit of Alaska FCU members. Find out more.

    - FAFSA

    Student financial aid can help you reach your goals! Fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at regardless of your family's income.

    Still not sure if you want to go to college?

    You can get more information at


    Local School Business Partnerships

    Spirit of Alaska is pleased to participate in School Business Partnerships with the following schools:

    • Hunter Elementary School
    • Lathrop High School
    • West Valley High School
    • North Pole High School

    Our School Business Partnerships encourage cooperative relationships that mutually benefit our partner schools and the credit union membership. These dynamic relationship ignite creativity and imagination leading to such things as helping Hunter Elementary students learn the value of saving and spending by learning to manage a checking account. At the same time, Spirit of Alaska members enjoy wonderful musical programs and occasional art displays in the Gillam Branch lobby.

    Lathrop students learn important employment skills through the Careers in Finance class.

    West Valley High School Co-op students participate in regular workshops to develop responsible money management skills while members enjoy fantastic art displays by talented students in the Geist Branch lobby.

    Spirit of Alaska is committed to the concept of business and schools working together. Many Spirit of Alaska employees participate and contribute time and resources for ongoing activities.