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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Spirit of Alaska Society of Smart Youth (SASSY)

SASSY is a financial literacy program for young people from kindergarten to high school. We want to provide resources to help youth succeed in the world of money. Anyone (even adults!) can play our free, online financial education games!


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Upcoming Event: Monopoly Tournament, December 12th from 1:00 - 3:00, in partnership with 4-H! Please RSVP by December 5th to See upcoming events below for more details.

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SASSY is also an awards and achievement program for those who open up a savings account at Spirit of Alaska FCU.

Members of Spirit of Alaska FCU who are 17 or younger, are already enrolled in SASSY.

Youth! Learn how to manage your money with SASSY

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 easier life will be. Properly managed, 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.

What exactly is SASSY's Awards Program?

Complete SASSY achievements, and earn real rewards! There's great stuff, like yo-yo's, water bottles, journals and duffle bags. We also plan fun events and send out emails about great money management opportunities.

1. To enroll in SASSY, open up a savings account at Spirit of Alaska FCU! You can apply online through our secure process, or come into any branch.

2. After you are a member, download a checklist of achievements (see below), visit the SASSY portal, and get started.

3. Attend a financial literacy event! Spirit of Alaska partners with other youth organizations in our community to create opportunities for youth to learn about financial literacy. To complete Achievement 3, attend one of these great events (PDF).

4. Pick up your awards at a quarterly SASSY Awards Mingle! As you work your way through the checklist, you will qualify for fun stuff, and we want to get that to you as easily as possible. See the Upcoming Events tab below for more info on a SASSY Mingle. Can't make a Mingle? You can email Sarah at

Spirit of Alaska FCU reserves the right to modify and change SASSY program terms and awards without notice.

Award and Achievement Checklists

SASSY serves our credit union youth with 3 distinctive stages of development:

Discoverers (K-3rd grade)

Explorers (4th-7th grade)

Soarers (8th-12th grade)

Achievements in the checklists can be completed at any time. No need to go in order, except for those games that are linear by design, such as MoneyIsland and Money Mission.

Parents! SASSY can help you teach financial management, AND make it fun.

The SASSY portal includes links to fun activities and helpful websites. We want to see young members learning financial management skills they 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. Enrolling in SASSY's incentive reward program provides youth with motivation and tools for the process.

If you have any feedback for SASSY, please send an email to our coordinator, Sarah Geer at

Spirit of Alaska FCU reserves the right to modify and change SASSY program terms and awards without notice.

Upcoming Events

Qualifying Educational Events for Achievement 3 (PDF)

SASSY Awards Mingle

Our January Mingle is at Glow Putt Alaska. SASSY members can play a free game on us! If you are under 18 and have a savings account at Spirit of Alaska, you are a SASSY member. Kids who aren't members of SASSY and parents can play for a special rate of $5 per round! Come out and meet other SASSY members, and pick up any awards you have earned through Kirby Kangaroo, Money Island or Money Mission. Don't forget to bring any print-outs that show you've earned the award.

Our Glow Putt Awards Mingle is January 15th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, at Glow Putt Alaska (610 Cushman St. Inside Sadler Building). We really hope to see you there!

Can't attend the Mingle? You can also arrange to pick up awards by emailing Sarah at

Monopoly Tournament

Where: 724 27th Avenue, Suite 2 – Next to the Food Bank on the second floor

When: Saturday, December 12th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. RSVP to by December 5th.

SASSY is excited to be partnering with 4-H for a Monopoly Tournament! Our Grand Prize will be 2 complimentary pass movie tickets and a $20 gift card (to upgrade your ticket or get some snacks!), with a second place prize of 1 movie ticket for everyone who makes the final table. Thank you to 4-H for providing the gift card. Everyone who attends will receive a smaller participation prize, as well as special in-game achievement prizes!

Anyone is welcome to sign up for the tournament.

4-H will also be holding a potluck, starting at 12:00pm.

SASSY Scholarship

Headed to college? Our $500 SASSY scholarship is available to help with those costs!

Online Scholarship Application


Download SASSY Scholarship Application

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Copy of Graduation Certificate or comparable certificate
  • Complete Money Mission achievements
  • Attend multiple educational events
  • Be an active Spirit of Alaska FCU member with a Youth Pocket Cache, miMoney or Choice Checking Account.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility in a written essay of why money is important now and into the future.

Scholarship submission date is the August 31st after graduation.

Spirit of Alaska FCU reserves the right to modify and change SASSY program terms and awards without notice.

Paying For Your College Education

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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Send Us a Message!

We want to know what you think about SASSY! Use this form for suggestions to improve the program, and complaints if something has gone wrong. We value the input of our members.

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