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Summer of Heroes

About the Program

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 April through June 2019, Summer of Heroes includes two main components - a youth recognition and scholarship award, and a cause-related sales promotion.

During the Summer of Heroes between April 2 - June 28, 2019, Alaska Communications accepts nominations from across the state for youth who are doing good in their local communities, and donates a portion of proceeds from every new Unlimited Internet or Business Internet subscription, up to $15,000 total.

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What defines a hero? Help Find Heroes

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 he or she should be recognized as a local hero.

How and when will the heroes be recognized?
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska will select five outstanding youth heroes based on their nomination forms and short answer questions. A sixth hero will be selected as part of the Alaska Communications Employee program. The heroes will receive:

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

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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.

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Cause-Related  Sales Promotion

During the Summer of Heroes, Alaska Communications contributes $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, for every new Unlimited Internet or Business Internet sign up between April 2 and June 28, 2019, up to $15,000 total.

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. Since the program’s inception, Alaska Communications has proudly donated $150,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs - Alaska.

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The Story of Our 2019 Logo

The Summer of Heroes' 2019 logo was inspired by 2018 hero, Jenelle Brook.

Jenelle volunteers her time to the Fairbanks Police Department by providing office support, volunteer coordination and researching various crime prevention programs. Each Halloween, you’ll find her participating in Operation Glow, which helps young children be more visible in the dark. This year’s logo acknowledges Jenelle’s volunteer work by featuring children in Halloween costumes safely traveling their neighborhood.

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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.

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Be Involved Contact Us

To stay up-to-date with the Summer of Heroes program, connect with Alaska Communications on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

For questions on the Summer of Heroes program, please contact:

Heather Marron
Manager, Corporate Communications
Alaska Communications
Heather.Marron@acsalaska.com
(907) 564-1326

For questions on Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska, please contact:

Rebecca Duerre
Program and Resource Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
rduerre@bgcalaska.org
(907) 770-7329

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