Young people around Alaska are doing incredible things in their communities and a program called Summer of Heroes wants to hear about it.

The partnership between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska is accepting nominations for the chance to win a $1,500 scholarship through the UA College Savings Plan. 

"We see so much bad news that I think it's always important to recognize the kids that are going the extra mile," said Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska CEO Alana Humphrey. "It really is heartening to read stories about children and teenagers who are doing wonderful things, things that most adults couldn't or wouldn't do. So, it's important to recognize that in kids because that recognition is what keeps them motivated to do more."

Summer of Heroes is in its ninth year. Past winners have included a 7 year-old from Ketchikan who helped raise awareness for park improvements and a 14 year-old who created "blessing boxes" to provide basic supplies to those in need. 

This summer, the program will select five nominees for the scholarship and community recognition. A sixth 'hero' will be selected as part of the Alaska Communications Employee program.

"It takes us a whole day to read all the nominations and we pick out maybe the top half and then we read through them again," Humphrey said. "It is a really big process to do that, but it's so heartening to see what kids are doing every day, that it's really a joyful thing to be able to choose these kids."

According to the program's website, criteria for nominating a youth hero may include:

  • 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

Nominees must be between the ages of 6 and 18. Program participants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone they know. Summer of Heroes is accepting applications through June 28.

To learn more information or to submit an application, visit the program's frequently asked questions page.

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