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Alaska Communications received numerous nominations for outstanding youth that are making a difference in their local communities for its 2013 Summer of Heroes program with Boys and Girls Clubs - Alaska. Each of the pictured 2013 winners received a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair. (Photo courtesy Alaska Communications)

This summer, Alaskan youth are being nominated as heroes for making a difference in their community.

It’s for the Summer of Heroes program by Boys and Girls Clubs-Alaska and Alaska Communications.

The program recognizes five youths between ages 6 and 18 and one child of an Alaska Communications employee who have made a difference in their community.

This can be through volunteering or fundraising work for a cause, making a difference in education or sports in school, making a significant contribution to the community, or inspiring others to take action.

“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,” the Alaska Communications website said.

“We believe that we have a bright future in our state,” said Alaska Communications spokesperson Hannah Blankenship. “One way we can make our future as bright as possible is in investing in our youth and the communities we serve in.”

The nomination period began on May 1 and ends in less than a week on July 15 at 5 p.m.

Youth can nominate themselves or be nominated by others online at alaskacommunications.com/forms/summer-of-heroes-2014, at Alaska Communications stores, at Boys and Girls Clubs – Alaska locations, or by emailing a PDF of the form found at the above link to summerofheroes@acsalaska.com.

“We look for kids who have done amazing things in their community,” Blankenship said.

She added that she hasn’t seen any nominees from Kodiak yet this year. “We’d love to nominate someone from Kodiak,” Blankenship said.

A committee of judges from around Anchorage including a representative from Governor Sean Parnell’s office, World Cup champion cross-country skier from Anchorage Kikkan Randall, members of the media and local personalities select the finalists.

The six kids who are selected as heroes will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship as a University of Alaska College Savings Plan, plus airfare and accommodations for themselves and a guardian to attend a dinner and recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in August.

As part of the Summer of Heroes program, Alaska Communications is also donating $25 from every smartphone purchased between May 1 and July 15, up to $15,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska.

Last year’s winners included a young volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, a girl who raised funds and support for diabetes, and two brothers who raised money to keep their school open.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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