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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. 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 1-June 18, 2023, Alaska Communications is seeking nominations from across the state for youth who are doing good in their local communities. Additionally, we will donate a portion of proceeds from every new Home Internet or Business Internet subscription, up to $15,000 total to Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska.


What defines a hero? Help Find Heroes

The nomination window for the Summer of Heroes program is open. Nominate a youth now!

What are the criteria for nominating a youth for the Summer of Heroes program?

Any Alaska youth between the ages of 6-18 can self-nominate or be nominated by someone they know. The winners will not be selected based on school grades, but rather the positive impact the youth makes on the community and those around them. 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.

The nominator 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.

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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.

Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska will select five outstanding youth heroes, plus one hero from the Alaska Communications Employee Program, who are making a difference in their local communities.

How and when will the heroes be recognized?

Based on their nomination forms and short answer responses, selected heroes will receive a $2,000 scholarship through Alaska 529 and special recognition in their local community.

The Alaska 529 Education Savings Plan scholarship can be used at nearly any accredited college, university, trade or technical post-secondary institution in the country.

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Making a Difference $15,000 Donation

During the Summer of Heroes 2023, Alaska Communications will contribute $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, for every new Home Internet or Business Internet sign up between May 1 and June 18, 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 2022, 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.

In the 13 years of the Summer of Heroes program, Alaska Communications has proudly donated $180,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska.

The Story of Our 2023 Logo

Our logo for the 13th annual search for heroes features Kenny Iyatunguk. Through his work, he has inspired many young people in his village to practice traditional Iñupiaq dancing. The scene depicted in the logo showcases a celebration of the Iñupiaq people who carry on their tradition of song and dance from generation to generation. Learn more about Kenny and other 2022 heroes’ efforts to make their communities better.


Meet the 2022 Hero Honorees

In 2022, Alaska Communications received dozens of nominations for outstanding youth that are making a difference in their local communities. A committee had the difficult task of narrowing that down to five heroes from the community at large and one hero from the Alaska Communications’ Employee Program. Each winner received a $1,500 scholarship and recognition in his or her community.

The 2022 youth heroes are Anna Boltz of Anchorage, Salome Hanauer of Salcha, Kenny Iyatunguk of Shishmaref, Tyler Neumann of Fairbanks, Wes Stutzman of Thorne Bay and Mia Wiederspohn of Wrangell.


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
[email protected]
(907) 564-1326

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

Paul Kirk
Chief Program Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
[email protected]
(971) 222-8597

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