HYPE Communities Inc. will host the seventh annual HYPE Summer Palooza & Youth Crime Prevention Summit at Pine Bluff.


In partnership with College Heights Church of Christ, 1313 North Magnolia St., the event will be held at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, according to a news release.


Organizers look forward to reaching even more youth and families with this year’s lineup, a spokesman said.


Activities will kick off with a motivational message by radio personality, Comedian Keith Glason of Power 92.3.


Glason will also join a panel discussion with community officials and activists. Panelists will discuss efforts the city has implemented to improve the quality of life for area youth, according to the release.


“This venue will also give Pine Bluff residents an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with area leaders in hopes of working towards more collaborative efforts to benefit young people,” according to the release.


Afterward the discussion, attendees will participate in a festival. Activities will include games on a 30 seater mobile video game truck, splish-splash kickball, dunk tank madness, free children’s books and snow cones, potato sack races, resource booths and other events. A fish fry will also be held.


Additionally, HYPE has offered free youth services throughout Pine Bluff and surrounding areas since 2012. The program currently has a summer camp in progress with 30 enrollees, ages 5-14 years old. Students are undergoing a unique curriculum outline that nurtures social and emotional development. Alongside their instructional schedule, the children have been treated to a number of exciting field trips including news station tours and appearances as well as visits to the Governor’s Mansion and the Clinton Library.


Sponsors of the festival include RJ’s Sports Grill, Miller Lawn Service, Ed’s Lawn Service, Second 2 None Barbershop, Pop’s Barbershop, Shoe Express and College Heights Church of Christ.


Details: Tomekia Moore, HYPE executive director, 870-872-2229.