New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., at Pine Bluff, will hold a dedication ceremony and several activities during the youth center’s grand opening week, according to the pastor, the Rev. Derick Easter.

“A big part of addressing crime in our city is preventing it from occurring in the first place, and giving young people an alternative to going down the wrong path,” Easter said in a news release.

The $2 million facility is also known as the Hurricane HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) Center located next door to New St. Hurricane.

The week’s activities include:

Sunday, July 23 — Ribbon cutting — At approximately 1 p.m., this ceremony will follow the morning worship service. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Terry Brown of Richardson, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff.

Tuesday, July 25 — Movie night featuring “Sing” will be shown at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 28 — A lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday July 28, with pastors, community and business leaders. RSVP by July 26 at 536-8337 or email

Friday, July 28 — Hurricane Hype Night — All youth in the Pine Bluff area are invited to attend an evening of food, fun, games and music. The Hurricane HYPE Center will be open to youth in 1st through 6th grades from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and youth in 7th through 12th grades from 8 to 10 p.m.

“With more than 21,000 square feet, this unique building will be a rare jewel coming to Jefferson County and the city of Pine Bluff,” the pastor said.

“With the new facility expansion, the church will be able to have community-wide events, add youth/community sports ministries and expand our youth services such as providing positive social and emotional development, parenting skills, quality after-school and summer programming, conflict resolution, youth leadership and more,” Easter said.