The next generation of civil rights leaders find a home and support at NAACP. These youth bring the vibrancy and unique perspective that continues our legacy of advocating for Black lives.
"There's a lot of conversations about the problems impacting our communities, but we have to tell young people that they have the power to create the solutions."
ACT-SO is rooted in the firm conviction that all students can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and abroad.
ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.
Chairperson: Mr. Khaleo Smith-
The Committee on Youth Work for Branches shall consist of the Youth Unit Advisor, and Youth Unit Presidents, in the same community, and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President.
When new officers are elected for any youth or college unit, the unit president, secretary, or youth advisor must fill out the linked form.
Junior youth councils are for our youngest activists, under the age of 13. These local councils provide interactive and entertaining instruction on the history of Africans in the Diaspora.
Part of our local units, Youth Councils provide training and leadership development for young adults under the
age of 25..
High schools across the country have NAACP chapters for their students, offering training and leadership development necessary for mobilization and community education. Don't have one we can help you create one!
NAACP youth councils and college chapters across the country work with young leaders to strengthen their advocacy skills and celebrate their talents all while tackling issues important to them. Our youth have the creativity, the resources, and the technology to create what our future looks like.
The Committee on Youth Works for State/State-Area Conferences shall consist of all Youth Unit Advisors and Youth Unit Presidents in the state, and five (5) persons appointed by the State/State-Area Conference President,
Local Units consist of Junior Youth Councils, Youth Councils, High School Chapters, College Chapters, and Young Adult Councils that serve as the ground troops in the struggle for civil rights. Like the State Youth and College Division, each unit has a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and additional officers elected by
the members of each local unit.
The NEXTGEN Leadership Program provides comprehensive leadership and advocacy training for young adults on a mission to become the next generation of civil rights leaders. Participants network with peers, establish strong leadership skills, and deepen their understanding of issues impacting the Black community. Successful graduates become boots on the ground their communities and local NAACP branches, sustaining the fight for equality for all.
The Committee on Young Adult shall consist of Branch members twenty-one (21) - forty (40) years of age. It shall be the function of the Committee to:
(1) support all branch activities;
(2) stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of twenty-one (21) - forty (40) years of age;
(3) create a mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation;
(4) provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community;
(5) encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.
Youth & College Division Staff
The Youth & College Division Staff is responsible for the day to day operation of the Division located in the National Headquarters of the NAACP in Baltimore, Maryland and seven regional locations. The staff creates the Division’s National Agenda and supports NAACP Youth Units, via training and field events, toward the fulfillment of that Agenda.
State Youth & College Division (approx. 37):
NAACP State Youth & College Divisions are designed to create specific agendas that address issues facing young people in a given state. State Youth & College Divisions also provide training and support to the youth units within their state. Each State Youth & College Division consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Advisor and additional officers elected bi-annually by the youth members during their State Conference in the fall.
Local Units (approx. 600 units with 25,000 members)
WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP, civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch. The purpose of WIN is (1) to enhance the leadership role of women; (2) to serve as an advocacy vehicle to address the social, economic, political. educational, health and welfare issues affecting women; (3) to advocate for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development of children and (4) to support the policies as well as the on-going mission and vision of the NAACP. WIN committees shall consist of a Chairperson and/or Co- Chairperson and at least three (3) other members.