This year’s honorees are Jenevia Wika of Anchorage, Tatiana Ticknor of Anchorage, Adam Skelton of Anchorage, Robert Martin of Homer, Michaiah Youngblood of Kiana, and McKenzie Brown of Noorvik.
Congratulations to the 2016 Heroes!
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.
Alaska Communications presented each hero with a $1,500 scholarship during a ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Aug. 28.
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.
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
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska will select five outstanding local heroes, plus one hero from the Employee Program, based on their nomination forms and short answer responses. Selected heroes will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the 2016 recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair.
Nominate a Youth
Thank you to those who nominated a youth hero for the 2016 Summer of Heroes program. The nomination period is now closed. The selected heroes will be notified in early August. Join us at the Alaska State Fair on Aug. 28 when we announce the 2016 Youth Hero honorees.
Any youth who meets the program 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 youth and believes they should be recognized as a local hero.
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 pledged $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new Unlimited or Business Internet contract signed between April 27 and July 15, 2016, 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 50th Anniversary Great Futures Gala in September.
For questions on the Summer of Heroes program
Hannah J. Blankenship
Manager, Corporate Communications
For questions on Boys & Girls Clubs–Alaska
Director of Development & Communications
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska