MARCHING Beyond The Madness
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.
The NAACP Next Generation (NEXTGEN) Program is a leadership development training program for young adult NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 40. NEXTGEN participants complete a rigorous training program, including classroom trainings, webinar trainings, case studies, group assignments and special projects on leadership fundamentals, political action, economic empowerment, criminal justice, environmental justice, health advocacy, budgeting, fundraising, technology and direct action. NEXTGEN participants are civically engaged young professionals committed to equality and social justice.
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.
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 die State/State- Area Conference President,
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.
The Youth Unit Advisors and the Youth Unit Presidents shall choose the chair of the Committee. The Youth Work Committee shall develop and coordinate the programs of the Branches) and Youth Units.
The Branch Committee on Youth Work shall turn the names, addresses and membership dues of youth solicited by the Branch over to the appropriate National Office recognized youth group, if any, in their community.
The Youth Work Committee shall monitor the youth membership in the Branch If there is no local youth unit recognized by the National Office, the Committee shall recommend the Branch apply to the National Office for a Youth Charter and organize die appropriate youth group.
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):
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.
State/State-Area Conferences, Branches, Prison Branches of the Association may organize Women in NAACP (WIN) committees subject to the control of the Executive Committee and to such rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may enact WIN committees shall consist of a Chairperson and/or Co- Chairperson and at least three (3) other 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.