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About Summer of Heroes

Partnership Program

Alaska Communications’ Summer of Heroes is a partnership program between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska to promote awareness and support for youth development programs throughout the state.

Running from April through September 2017, the program includes two main components - a youth recognition program and a cause-related sales promotion - highlighted by several events throughout the summer to engage Alaskans and drive meaningful participation.

Making a Difference Nominate a Youth

Do you know a young person who is making a difference in his or her community? Nominate them for the 2017 Summer of Heroes program!

Any youth who meet the following criteria can self-nominate or be nominated by someone they know. This could be a parent, guardian, sibling, teacher, coach, mentor, friend or anyone who has a relationship with the child and believes they should be recognized as a local Alaska hero.

A hero can be any Alaska resident between the ages of 6 and 18 who is making a positive difference in his or her community. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following types of efforts:

  • Volunteering or raising funds for a cause
  • Making a difference in school through education or sports
  • Making a significant contribution to his or her community
  • Considering others’ needs before their own
  • Inspiring others to take action

The deadline for nomination form submissions is 5 p.m. AKDT on July 17, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.

View the Official Rules and if you'd prefer, download the nomination form to submit via email or in person. Printed forms are also available in Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouses.


Youth Recognition Program

Studies show that youth who are engaged in community service tend to do better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and maintain positive relationships with adults and peers.

As part of the Summer of Heroes, Alaska Communications is working with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to recognize five outstanding young heroes, plus one hero from the Employee Program, who are making a difference in their local communities. Based on their nomination forms and short answer responses, selected heroes will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the 2017 recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair.


Cause-Related  Sales Promotion

Alaska Communications recognizes that youth education and development programs, such as the programs provided by Boys & Girls Clubs, are critical to helping children succeed in life.

During the Summer of Heroes, Alaska Communications will contribute $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new Unlimited Internet or Business Internet sign up between April 25 and July 17, 2017, up to $15,000 total.

This donation will help support Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s programs and expand the organization’s capacity to positively impact the lives of young people in Alaska. The final donation amount will be announced at the Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska's annual Great Futures Gala in September.


Meet the 2016 Hero Honorees

Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are proud to recognize the 2016 Summer of Heroes honorees. The six youth heroes – five from the general program and one from the employee program – were selected from numerous youth nominations received from communities across the state.

This year’s honorees are Adam Skelton of Anchorage, McKenzie Brown of Noorvik, Michaiah Youngblood of Kiana, Tatiana Ticknor of Anchorage, Robert Martin of Homer and Jenevia Wika of Anchorage.


Be Involved Contact Us

For up-to-date information on Summer of Heroes and events, connect with Alaska Communications on Facebook and Twitter.

For questions on the Summer of Heroes program please contact:

Hannah J. Blankenship
Manager, Corporate Communications
Alaska Communications

For questions on Boys & Girls Clubs–Alaska please contact:

Jennifer Brown
Director of Development & Communications
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

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