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In Search of Alaska Youth Doing Good in their Communities

In Search of Alaska Youth Doing Good in their Communities
Alaska Communications seeks nominations for youth who are local heroes
We’re looking to make it a summer of heroes and we ask for the public’s help in finding outstanding youth in Alaska.
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are seeking youth who may be considered heroes for making a positive difference in their Alaska community. Through the Summer of Heroes program, up to six selected youth each will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship through Alaska 529 and given special recognition in their local communities.
Anyone can nominate a young hero in their life. Tell us about a child or teen, age 6-18, who is improving life for those around them. Whether it was to support others during a critical season, volunteering where there was an important need or an ongoing effort, or taking action on other’s needs before their own. Summer of Heroes aims to shine a spotlight on youth who are doing good around us.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to nominate Alaska youth by submitting a nomination form by June 18.
Today’s local heroes are Alaska’s future leaders,” said Sandy Knechtel, chief operations officer of Alaska Communications. “The work of these young heroes, and that of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, is remarkable. It’s an honor to support them and bring awareness to the positive change they are making in our communities.”
In addition to providing youth scholarships and recognition, the Summer of Heroes program also supports the leading youth development programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. In appreciation of their efforts, Alaska Communications pledges to donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new residential or business internet connection between May 1 and June 18, 2023, up to $15,000 total.
“Typically, it’s negative actions that get the most attention, but the truth is, so many of our youth are doing good and are positive forces in our communities. We appreciate this effort to shine the light where it deserves to be – on youth heroes,” said Jennifer Patronas, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska.
For more than a decade, the Summer of Heroes scholarship program has recognized and celebrated the ways young people are making positive contributions to our statewide communities. Learn more about the Summer of Heroes program and obtain a nomination form at
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications, an affiliate of ATN International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), 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
About Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has 23 sites statewide, which offer programs before and after school and during school breaks for youth and teens, 5-18 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 or 907-248-5437.
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