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: Youth Safety Day, August 22nd, 11 - 3 at the Regal Cinema parking lot. See Upcoming Events below for more information.


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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 at our Johansen branch! 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.


Our next Awards Mingle is October 10th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Johansen Branch


Stop by the social, and we will confirm completion of an achievement and distribute awards, as well as have some fun with snacks, coloring pages, and any other activities that we can dream up! Don't forget to bring any print-outs that show you've earned the award. You can also arrange to pick up awards by emailing Sarah at sarah.geer@spiritofak.com


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 sarah.geer@spiritofak.com.


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



Upcoming Events


Joel's Place Monopoly Tournament

1890 Marika Ave - joelsplacealaska.org


September 9th

4:30pm - 6:30pm


The tournament is open to all young people from 7 - 18 years old. 3 Movie tickets will be awarded to the tournament winner. We will also have participation prizes and a short presentation on becoming a financial guru. Parents, we need volunteers to be Bankers and help the games go smoothly.


African American Leadership Conference

September 21 - 22nd


Halloween Town

Pioneer Park - Civic Center - http://halloweentrickortreattown.com/


October 24th

12pm - 7pm


We love Halloween Town! SASSY will have a photo opportunity in the Civic Center with our fun MoneyIsland characters. Get warm, pick up some candy, and take a picture with Stone Broke or Chef Jacques!


NEW! SASSY Awards Mingle

As you work your way through the SASSY games, you will qualify for fun stuff, and we want to get that to you as easily as possible. Stop by, and we will confirm completion of an achievement and distribute awards, as well as have some fun with snacks, coloring pages, and any other activities that we can dream up! Don't forget to bring any print-outs that show you've earned the award.


Our next Awards Mingle is October 10th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Johansen Branch

Can't attend the mingle? You can also arrange to pick up awards by emailing Sarah at sarah.geer@spiritofak.com


SASSY Scholarship


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


Online Scholarship Application


OR


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.



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.


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.



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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