Church hosts youth event

College Heights Church of Christ hosted its HYPE Summer Palooza and Youth Crime Prevention Summit on Saturday, June 22.

Activities included a panel discussion featuring Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, Brandon Robertson of College Heights and personnel from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pine Bluff Police Department and Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center.

About 200 people attended the event.

“Pine Bluff has a number of resources that youth can take advantage of,” Robertson said. “The program aims to counter any negative influences that our children may face by way of exposing them to the community spirit that runs deep within Pine Bluff.”

Kids enjoyed summertime fun as members of the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department gently sprayed them with their hoses. They also cooled off on a 39-foot water slide.

HYPE’s youth mentorship program focuses on one-on-one mentorship, professional and leadership development, community resource awareness and tutoring.

“HYPE believes that when young people are aided with the right ingredients to maximize their potential, they take responsibility for things that truly matter,” said Tomekia Moore, program director. “The program views young people as assets to be developed, not problems to be solved.”