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Summer of Heroes

About the Program

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Summer of Heroes is a partnership program between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska, promoting education, awareness, and support for youth development programs throughout the state. Running from May through September 2018, Summer of Heroes includes two main components - a youth recognition and scholarship award, and a cause-related sales promotion.

During the Summer of Heroes, May - July 2018, Alaska Communications accepted nominations from across the state for youth who are doing good in their local communities, and donated a portion of proceeds from every new Unlimited Internet or Business Internet subscription, up to $15,000 total.


Meet the 2018 Hero Honorees

In 2018, Alaska Communications received numerous nominations for outstanding youth that are making a difference in their local communities. Each winner received a $1,500 scholarship and a recognition celebration in his or her community.

The 2018 honorees are Ashley Perry and Olivia Skelton of Anchorage, Aubrey Virgin of Palmer, Allison Cline of North Pole, Jenelle Brooke of Fairbanks and Bergen Davis of Juneau.


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 works 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 receive a $1,500 scholarship and special recognition in their local community.


Cause-Related  Sales Promotion

During the Summer of Heroes 2018, Alaska Communications contributed $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, for every new Unlimited Internet or Business Internet sign up between May 1 and July 20, 2018, up to $15,000 total.

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.

In September 2018, Alaska Communications donated $15,000 to help support Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska’s programs and expand the organization’s capacity to positively impact the lives of young people in Alaska.


What defines a hero? Help Find Heroes

The next nomination window for the Summer of Heroes program will be in Spring 2019.

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, or
  • Inspiring others to take action.

What are the criteria for nominating a youth for the Summer of Heroes program?
Any youth who meet the above 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 hero.

How and when will the heroes be recognized?
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska will select six outstanding local heroes based on their nomination forms and short answer questions. The heroes will receive:

  • a $1,500 scholarship through the UA College Savings Plan, and
  • special recognition in their local community.


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:

Heather Cavanaugh
Director, External Affairs and Corporate Communications
Alaska Communications

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

Rebecca Duerre
Program and Resource Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

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