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.
What defines a hero?
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.
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.