The Pen or Pencil Transnational Program is hosting programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County in July.

Pen or Pencil is a project of the Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (PBICVR), according to a news release.

From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, students will learn about life in the penitentiary as featured in a video called “No Kinda Life,” and from a personal testimony.

From 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 31, students will learn about African-American national and local history.

In July, students have been taught and are writing about the late Civil Rights Attorney Wiley A. Branton Sr. Recently, they also received anti-bullying strategies and facts about drugs and drug prevention.

Rebecca Newby, Jordan Sims, Cordell Russell and Codney Washington are Pen or Pencil mentors.

“Pen or Pencil engages every school district in Jefferson County,” according to ther release. “The transnational program is designed to assist Pine Bluff/Jefferson County’s youngsters most threatened by disconnection from the Pencil (education) and at risk of becoming enslaved by behaviors which result in the Pen (Penitentiary).”

The summer Pen or Pencil sessions are funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. Details 870-730-1131.