Looking for Youth Heroes
Alaskans Encouraged to Nominate Local Youth Making a Difference in Their Communities
May 1, 2018 – Do you know youth who are doing great things in their community? Alaskans are encouraged to show their support of youth efforts by nominating them for the Summer of Heroes program.
The scholarship program, sponsored by Alaska Communications, recognizes five young Alaskan heroes, plus one from the Employee Program, who are making noteworthy contributions to his or her Alaska community.
Each selected hero will receive a $1,500 scholarship through the UA College Savings Plan and recognition in his or her local community. In addition to the scholarship program, Alaska Communications has pledged to donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new Unlimited or Business Internet sign up between May 1 and July 20, 2018, up to $15,000 total.
Alaska Communications is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to champion the youth recognition program for its eighth year.
Since 2011, Alaska Communications has contributed a total of $105,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska through the Summer of Heroes program. One of the leading youth development organizations in the state, Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska provides high-quality programming for nearly 10,000 youth in 30 communities.
“Our Boys & Girls Club mentors work to inspire and motivate youth on a daily basis in Clubhouses across Alaska and we are so grateful this program recognizes the good work that kids are doing,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska.
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska encourage anyone to nominate the young heroes in their lives. In addition, a youth fitting the requirements of the program can fill out an application to nominate themselves. A hero can be any youth, ages 6 to 18, who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through acts of kindness or bravery.
“Youth in our communities around the state are doing truly outstanding work to improve the lives around them,” said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO. “It’s an honor to recognize them for their work and partner with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to support youth development and education throughout Alaska.”
As a special tribute this year, the 2018 Summer of Heroes logo is inspired by 2017 hero, Addie Epler. Addie combined two of her favorite activities, eating ice cream and reading, by hosting the Ice Cream for Breakfast event at the Ketchikan public library. In addition to turning ice cream into breakfast food, Addie handed out hundreds of free books to promote literacy for children. Her event turned out to be the most highly attended event in the public library’s history.
Learn more about the Summer of Heroes program and obtain a nomination form at www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to join Alaska Communications in its search for the 2018 heroes. Find out how to help at www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes.
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications is the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. For more information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has 26 sites statewide, which offer programs before and after school and during school breaks for youth and teens, 7-18 years old, as well as athletics and licensed childcare programs. Mission is fulfilled through guidance-oriented character development activities conducted in safe, warm and fun environments by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character & leadership, healthy lifestyles, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. Learn more about programs and activities offered by Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska at www.bgcalaska.org or 907-248-5437.
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