The fourth Camp Albert at the Boys & Girls Club in Helena will have its second annual parade through downtown Helena on Cherry Street on Saturday, June 22.

The fourth Camp Albert at the Boys & Girls Club in Helena will have its second annual parade through downtown Helena on Cherry Street on Saturday, June 22.
Sponsored by organizers with Colors for Cause, the two events seek to advocate against gun violence, especially among young people in the community, and the events are free to all.
One of the event's organizers, Viola Speed, said "We (Colors For A Cause) are a 501(c) non-profit organization which offers support for families who lost children and other family members to gun violence and assists youth in the local community to lead productive lives.  Our ongoing mission and vision are to inspire hope and foster safe communities by raising awareness concerning gun violence."
Speed said the parade, which happened for the first time in 2018, and is being returned this year in 2019, will feature members of the Phillips County Boys & Girls Club as well as groups from Central High School, local law enforcement, churches, and fire departments.
"We anticipate 16-to-20 participants and groups in the parade this year in cars and trucks," she said.
Speed said the parade will start at the Phillips County Courthouse on Cherry, and the event will open with prayer from Bishop Cannon of Still Standing Ministries.  Opening ceremonies will also feature Yahiakeem Jones and Keyarie Jones.
The downtown parade and opening ceremonies will start lineups at 8 a.m. with the parade itself rolling down Cherry Street at 9 a.m.
As a prelude to Camp Albert, the camp starts at 11 a.m. and will run until approximately 4 p.m.
Camp Albert, hosted at the Boys & Girls Club, is a series of sessions and workshops for young people.  Among the sessions and sponsors will be:
• Gun safety (Helena-West Helena Police)
• Anti-Bullying (Phillips County Sheriff)
• Life Saving Skills (Helena-West Fire Dept.)
• Financial Literacy (Southern Bancorp)
• Spiritual Empowerment (Still Standing Ministries)
Others involved in Saturday's events will be Nehu Wireless of Jonesboro, New Covenant Outreach ministries of Jonesboro, Beacon Of Hope (Teen group), the Central High School Cheerleaders and Code Fusion Customs, also of Jonesboro.
Speed was born and raised in Helena-West Helena, and she established Colors for Cause as a tribune to the loss of her oldest son, Albert Andrew Spencer, Jr.  The organization offers peer support for mothers in situations, including Mothers on the Move against Gun Violence, Women with Voices, and Camp Albert.
Other primary organizers of Saturday's events include Veronica Davis and Janice Williams.