Youth Services

As kids continue to grow into adults, it becomes more important than ever to learn sound money management skills. These helpful websites and guides can help make sure they start getting the financial management skills they will need for the rest of their lives.

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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.


PiggyBanc


PiggyBanc makes it safe, easy and fun to save for kids and youth! It's never too early to start saving and learning about money.


Sign up at www.piggybanc.com


How does it work?

  • Link your Spirit of Alaska FCU youth savings accounts to the PiggyBanc system.
  • Contributions can be made to the account via credit and debit cards by anyone who wants to. Parents, grandparents, family members, etc.. can sign up as Givers. Teens can even be paid for babysitting with a credit card!
  • Givers can include a personalized message with the gift.
  • Youth can set goals within the online system, and login anytime to check how much has been contributed, who has contributed, and how much is in the account.
  • PiggyBanc is secure, and centralized! No more gift checks floating around the house.

PiggyBanc is a great place to set goals and encourage financial responsibility and independence in youth at an early age.


Helpful Links and Info


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 www.fafsa.ed.gov regardless of your family's income.



Still not sure if you want to go to college?

You can get more information at http://www.college.gov/wps/portal.


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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.