Broadmor Elementary School "Anti-bullying and gun violence Prevention Contest winners." We thank Parents, Broadmor Principal, Teachers, Staff, for their PEN OR PENCIL supports in a PBIS and ESL activity.
The Fortieth Annual Original KingFest™ January 2023
We decided to be "UNITED" PBICVR Coffee with the Chiefs
Students signing PEN OR PENCIL Pledge against violence - Youngsters who remain in the PEN OR PENCIL Transformation Initiative have a 97% High School graduation rate
PEN OR PENCIL King Team prepare to march against gun violence downtown Main Street in Pine Bluff
Bishop Henry Hearns, first African American Mayor of Lancaster California, also pastor/author visit with Pine Bluff High School students during the PBICVR MLK Original KINGFEST Week
PEN OR PENCIL students participate in critical thinking skills at Pine Bluff High School
Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has his rights read to him by PEN OR PENCIL Students assisted by a POP mentor
Testimonies from PBICVR PEN OR PENCIL King Team Alumni
What is the PBICVR PEN OR PENCIL King Team?
Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. [PBICVR] serves as Arkansas’ Lead PEN OR PENCIL Affiliate. PEN OR PENCIL is a copy written national group mentoring program of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice [NAFJ] based in Washington, DC. with affiliates located around the nation whose aim is to encourage youngsters to choose education and to boycott bullying, violence and negative behaviors, and the things which can put them in the pipeline to the juvenile justice system and ultimately get in prison. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12TH
POP has a unique curriculum, which consists of an extensive menu of activities. POP has been endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies, aligned with Common Core Standards. POP is supported by empirical data which supports the program’s effectiveness.
POP targets At-Risk, High-Risk, and Underserved Youth in Pine Bluff. POP uses service learning, Standards -National Social Studies, Common Core, Thematic vocabularies and View-Ins. Youth who have moved beyond delinquent acts to achieve positive developmental outcomes despite difficult life circumstances often attribute their success to the influence of and natural bond with a caring adult.
POP is being deployed in all three school districts in Pine Bluff and has the potential to reducing bullying, violence, and trauma by 5 to 10%. PBICVR needs your support of its programming click on DONATE; your support is much appreciated
PBICVR Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (PB VITA) Center collaborating with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 2006; prepares Federal and State income taxes for low to moderate income citizens free of charge. The PBICVR volunteers have returned millions of dollars back into the pockets of these families for more than a decade.
PBICVR POP student makes trip to Washington, DC and travels to Selma, Alabama for the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."
THE MOVING CLASSROOM
Pine Bluff PEN OR PENCIL carried students to Washington, DC and to Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama law enforcement as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge however, two weeks later Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and people from across the nation gathered to march hand in hand across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery for equal treatment and voting rights. The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. Arkansas' lead Pen or Pencil affiliate for the National Alliance of Faith and Justice in Washington, DC is collaborating with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site to participate in Selma to Montgomery, Alabama project called, Pen or Pencil "Let Me Read You Your Rights Moving Classroom," scheduled took place March 19-25, 2015. The Arkansas delegation and 150 youth plus two distinguished professionals representing law and education. "The centerpiece of the journey was the week-long “Walking and Riding Classroom” (54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama), which will reveal the determination of youth and adults to change the attitudes of a nation and to stimulate and empower participants to share with peers and a broader audiences the ongoing struggle for human rights." - Rev. Jesse C. Turner, NAFJ PEN OR PENCIL program director.
PBICVR PEN OR PENCIL King Team complete community service project of weeding, cleaning and planting flowers in planters at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park - To join the King Team call 870.730.1131
PBICVR POP King Team students visit Mr. Henri Linton at UAPB to learn African American history of AM&N/UAPB and Pine Bluff
Mr. Codney Washington a PEN OR PENCIL mentor works with students at Robert F. Morehead Middle School
POP Nonviolence to Noviolence rally at Watson Chapel Junior High School
Working with children from Nonviolence to No Violence March
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