2017 Alaska Communications’ Summer of Heroes
PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND FAQ
Now in its seventh year, Alaska Communications’ Summer of Heroes is a partnership program between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to promote awareness and support for youth development programs throughout the state. Running from April through September 2017, Summer of Heroes includes two main components: a youth recognition program and cause-related sales promotion targeting both businesses and consumers. Summer of Heroes events raise awareness for Boys and Girls Clubs – Alaska and engage Alaskans in a meaningful way.
From its roots as a local telephone company, to becoming the state’s leading provider of broadband and managed IT services, Alaska Communications is committed to the local communities where its people live and work. The company recognizes investing in youth and their futures is critical to building local communities that are positive, healthy places to live. That’s why youth and education—including leadership and learning opportunities, promoting positive environments to learn and grow, and access to technology—are the core focuses of Alaska Communications’ commitment to responsible corporate citizenship.
YOUTH RECOGNITION PROGRAM
What is the Summer of Heroes youth recognition program?
Studies show youth who are engaged in community service tend to do better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and maintain positive relationships with adults and peers. Through Summer of Heroes, Alaska Communications is partnering 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 Alaska communities.
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
• Inspiring others to take action
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 trip to the Summer of Heroes recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer and celebratory dinner with heroes and their families in Anchorage in August. The trip includes roundtrip airfare and accommodations for one child and one parent or guardian.
• A $1,500 scholarship through the UA College Savings Plan.
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 do I nominate someone for the Summer of Heroes program?
Starting April 25, nominations can be submitted one of the following two ways:
1. Online nomination form: Visit the Summer of Heroes website (www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes) and follow the instructions for completing and submitting the online nomination form.
2. Hardcopy nomination form: Obtain a hardcopy nomination form from any Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouse or by downloading the PDF from the Summer of Heroes website. Complete the form and submit it in-person at a Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouse or via email to SummerofHeroes@alaskacommunications.com.
All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. AKDT on July 17.
Can I nominate a youth related to an Alaska Communications employee?
Yes. Alaska Communications recognizes one additional youth hero through its Summer of Heroes Employee Program. The internal Employee Program is separate from the external Summer of Heroes program, and only Alaska Communications employee family members are eligible for this single $1,500 scholarship and recognition.
Participants who would like to nominate a child or grandchild of an Alaska Communications employee must complete the Summer of Heroes nomination form and fill out the special section for the Employee Program. Employee Program nominations should be submitted via the online form or by email to EmployeeHeroes@acsalaska.com by 5 p.m. AKDT on July 17.
Alaska Communications will recognize the selected Employee Program youth hero with a $1,500 scholarship and recognition at the Summer of Heroes awards dinner and ceremony.
See official rules for full details. Official rules are available online at www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes.
What is the timeline for the Summer of Heroes youth recognition program?
- April 25 Nomination period opens. Forms are available online and at Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska locations.
- July 17 Nomination period closes. Completed forms must be submitted online or in person by 5 p.m.
- Week of Aug. 7 Selected heroes are notified.
- Late August Heroes are recognized during a special ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.
- September 16 Alaska Communications presents donation to Boys and Girls Clubs – Alaska at annual Great Futures Gala