Youth & College
THE NAACP YOUTH& COLLEGE DIVISION
“Our youth, now, today and in the future must be embraced by the Board of Directors and beyond. They are our future.” –Dr. Myrlie Evers Williams, Chairman Emeritus NAACP National Board of Directors.
St. Louis County NAACP Youth Council Leadership
Advisors: Angela Haywood-Gaskin & Sandra Murdock
ACT-SO Chair: Phyllis Knight
Youth Council President: Jay Gaskin
The NAACP believes strongly that future leaders must be developed today, and such development is ongoing in the Youth & College Division, created in 1936. Today there are more than 25,000 young people, under the age of 25, representing 700 Youth Councils, High School Chapters and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights.
The NAACP has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country
JUNIOR YOUTH COUNCILS Membership: Any person under the age of 13 Focus: Providing interactive and entertaining instruction on the history of Africans in the Diaspora (specifically the NAACP and the Civil Rights Movement). Basic leadership development and community service are also key focus areas.
YOUTH COUNCILS Membership: Any person under the age of 25 Focus: Training and developing the skills necessary for leadership and activism. Mobilization, community education, and youth activities are essential focus areas of the Youth Council.
HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTERS Membership: Any person who is enrolled as a student in a high school or comparable secondary school Focus: Training and developing the skills necessary for leadership and activism. Mobilization, community education, and youth activities are essential focus areas of the Youth Council.
COLLEGE CHAPTERS Membership: Any person under the age of 25 and/or currently enrolled as a student at a college or university Focus: Training and fine-tuning intellectual and leadership skills manifest in an increased level of social and political activism.
NATIONAL BREAKDOWN OF DIVISION
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. The National Director of the Youth & College Division is Stefanie L. Brown.
STATE YOUTH & COLLEGE DIVISION (approx. 37 State Youth & College Divisions): 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 youth units across the country/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.