Alaska Communications Donates $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska in Support of Youth Development Programs
Donation increases total contribution to $90,000 over six years
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (Sept. 26, 2016) – As part of the sixth year of the Summer of Heroes program, which supports programs that help Alaska youth reach their full potential, Alaska Communications donated $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. Alaska Communications presented the donation to Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, during the organization’s 2016 Great Futures Gala and 50th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska serves thousands of youth in 26 communities across the state by providing out-of-school time programs proven to help young people make healthy lifestyle choices, achieve academic success and become responsible and engaged citizens. This year, during the summer months when children were out of school, approximately 10,000 youth were served throughout the state. With the addition of this year’s Summer of Heroes donation, Alaska Communications has donated a total of $90,000 to support Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska’s programs.
Summer of Heroes is a partnership program between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to support youth development programs throughout the state and honor young Alaskans who are making positive contributions in their communities. The organizations presented $1,500 scholarships to six young heroes during a recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair on Aug. 28. The heroes hailed from Anchorage, Homer, Noorvik and Kiana, each bringing stories of how they’ve identified needs and solutions in their local communities and beyond.
In addition to the six scholarships for award recipients, Alaska Communications pledged to donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new Unlimited or Business Internet contract signed during the nomination period, up to $15,000 total. The donation to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska assists with making up for funds lost due to cuts in federal grants, helping the organization continue to provide services to thousands of youth. For example, Alaska Communications’ $15,000 donation can help to purchase arts and craft supplies for 12 Clubhouses for an entire year, or help to minimize the gap between the annual membership fee and the $750 it costs to put one child through the program for a year.
“The Summer of Heroes program is an ideal opportunity to not only celebrate the unique achievements of Alaska youth, but also to raise awareness about youth development programs in the state,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “For six years now, Alaska Communications has been an exceptional partner, and we are thankful for the support they provide us to help Alaska’s youth.”
“Youth education and development programs, such as the programs provided by Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, are critical to helping children succeed,” said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO. “We’re proud to present this donation to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to show our continued support for the positive impact they make on a daily basis in our local communities and in the lives of youth throughout our great state.”
For full biographies of each Summer of Heroes scholarship recipient and more information about Alaska Communications’ work in the community, visit www.alaskacommunications.com/
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications is a leading provider of advanced broadband and IT managed services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data and voice network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has 30 sites statewide, which offer programs before and after school and during school breaks for youth and teens, 7-18 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 http://www.bgcalaska.org or 907-248-5437.