"The Youth & College Division helped me develop as a leader and as an activist,”
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, a former youth member
Youth & College
In 1935, during the NAACP's St. Louis Convention, a passionate and determined youth delegate, Juanita E. Jackson, challenged the leadership of the Association to create a department that focused on the growing concerns of Black youth in America. Through her intelligent leadership, the National Board of Directors passed a resolution creating the NAACP Youth & College Division and named Ms. Jackson its first Youth Secretary in March of 1936.Today, it is evident that the NAACP is an organization that has developed many intelligent, young people who are destined to change the world. Our young people must embrace the urgency and dedication exhibited by those same young people in 1936.
Today there are over 600 NAACP Youth Councils actively involved in social justice advocacy by addressing local issues as well as a national agenda made up of problems including: Education, Economic Empowerment, Health, Juvenile Justice, and Civic Engagement. The NAACP is the only major civil rights organization, which encourages young people to participate fully in all aspects of its structure, including membership on the National Board of Directors.
The NAACP Stockton Branch consist of a Youth Council (members under the age of 25) that serve as the ground troops in the struggle for civil rights. Our Youth Council consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and additional officers elected by the members of each council. Please contact the NAACP's Youth & College Division and get involved today!
The NAACP Stockton Youth Summit brings youth, parents, community leaders, and organizations together to engage in workshops set to empower the youth to make the best choices for their lives. Participants learn strategies and methods to implement positive, productive activities in their schools and communities.
The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color's contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.
2008 NAACP GREAT DEBATE
2017 YOUTH SUMMIT
YOUTH AND COLLEGE DIVISION COMMITTEES
The Membership Committee work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association. Responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign. Responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals. Initiate all possible means to obtain Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.
POLITICAL ACTION CHAIR
The goal for the political action committee is to teach every young person about the political arena. Increase registration and voting. Work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups. Repeal of racially discriminatory legislation. Work to improve the administration of justice.
Work to secure equal enforcement of the law. Keep the NAACP adult informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
VOTER REGISTRATION CHAIR
The Voter registration Committee work throughout the year education and registrater young adults age 18 years and older on the importance of voting. Holding voter registration drives within the community. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
Y&C REPORTER - PRESS & PUBLICITY
The Y&C Reporter works closely with the Communications, Press and Publicity Chair in developing a NAACP Ventura County Y&C newsletter. Chief Editor for the Y&C Newsletter is responsible for the editorial aspects of Y&C newsletter publication. The purpose of the NAACP Y&C is to inform the community at large of events, initiatives and legislative of the NAACP. The Y&C Newsletter committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office, the committee is comprised of the NAACP Ventura County Y&C Advisor, President, VP and Chief Editor. Articles are not released without the approval by the NAACP Y&C President AND Chief Editor. Articles are written by NAACP Ventura County Y&C executive officers and members.
COMMUNICATIONS - PRESS & PUBLICITY
The Committee on Communications, Press and Publicity shall promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding. Work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, [comprising the communications arts and sciences] (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television). Ensure Black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media – both hardware and software. Monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance. Provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences. Ensure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable cost. Secure publicity for the work of the Unit and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media. In local news media on conditions affecting minority groups. To counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks and other minority groups. No publicity shall be released without first being approved by the President of the Unit.
To eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education. Study local educational conditions affecting minority groups. Investigate the public school system and school zoning. Familiarize itself with textbook material therefrom which is racially derogatory. Stimulate school attendance. Keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found. Investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices. Promote students to be involved in educational system and it the process. he committee serves as a clearing house providing academic resources for African American students. This committee also utilizes the works of noteworthy Black educators to create strategies and lessons encouraging higher scholastic achievement.
The committee creates: databases of African American focused scholarships, lists of insightful books by African American authors. Discuss the latest news regarding education in the Black community.
The Finance Committee shall study the financial needs of the Unit and be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget. Manage and anayilsis all budget requirements, enforcing and ahering to NAACP budget policies.
The Finance Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
YOUTH & COLLEGE CONNECT
The Youth & College Connect committee is to act as a liaisons for the junior, high and college students to interfaces and connect all issues that effect members and the community. To Inform students of the mission and vision of the NAACP Youth & College Council. The committee will create and implement cohesive connection between all students and members of the NAACP.
JUVENILE JUSTICE CHAIR
The Juvenile Justice Committee is to inform youth and college of today about the laws that are being passed. To hold forums to educate the leaders of tomorrow on the justice system, and how it works.