Future leaders, today
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.
The next generation of civil rights leaders is making waves now. Young people under the age of 25 are leading change through 550 junior youth councils, youth councils, high school chapters, and college chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights and social justice.
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.- Wisdom Cole, National Director of NAACP Youth and College
We want to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race by developing a new generation of civil rights and community leaders.
We aim to:
Inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities
Advance the economic, educational, social, and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples
Stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color's contribution to civilization
Develop an intelligent, effective youth leadership
The NAACP Youth & College Division's Annual National Convention Awards are given to Individuals, Youth Units, Advisors and State Youth & College Divisions who have displayed exemplary dedication and commitment to the NAACP. As contributors to the fight for equity, political rights and social inclusion we understand that this work is voluntary and requires sacrifice, energy, and thus we pause to celebrate each other for the effort, commitment, and victories.