Church set to launch youth mentorship program


College Heights Church of Christ, 1313 N. Magnolia St., will launch the initial phase of its youth mentorship program, HYPE (Helping Young People Excel), from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26.

The speaker will be Chris Fifer, minister of Rose City Church of Christ at Little Rock. He will address “Social Media Etiquette”, which will expose youth to mechanisms by which they can maximize their social site usage to include resources such as education/career networking.

Fifer will also accompany a well-rounded panel, including Ann Williams, director of Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Jamal Burton, student at the University of Central Arkansas. Youth will be given an opportunity to direct questions toward the panel.

The congregation has scheduled a series of monthly summits, HYPE Summits, throughout 2013 that will focus on issues relevant to today’s youth, such as social media usage, violence, dating and goal-setting. These summits aim to equip youth with necessary skills to counter negative influences that may exist within their social realms.

Brandon Robertson, minister, said, “HYPE is a wonderful program that is geared toward developing youth into leaders, and leaders into mentors. The great thing about HYPE is that it is not only for young adults, it works with them and through them in that they have a part to play on every level.”

The congregation looks to eventually maximize HYPE’s calendar to include tutoring, one-on-one mentorship opportunities, and community resource trips.

Lunch will be served. All activities will be free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Robertson at 870-395-1169 or Tomekia Moore at 870-872-2229.