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21st Century Leadership: Developing the Next Generation

WHEREAS, the most effective means of building healthy and economically robust communities is to develop and harness the leadership of our youth and all community stakeholders; and

WHEREAS, intergenerational African American leadership development is vital to create safe and vibrant spaces that offer comprehensive, integrated and innovative programs; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to create short - and long-term succession plans for community institutional leadership for young adults and developing professionals in particular, African American males, through mentorship programs, creating career opportunities for young African Americans to be culturally exposed to the richness of their heritage; and

WHEREAS, we have entered a new era of communications which is driven and influenced, in large part, by social media outlets.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP will conduct a survey to identify community - based programs focused on youth leadership and development; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP will coordinate with professional organizations that foster and develop hard skills and conscience raising; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP will leverage and work with technology leaders to utilize social media tools that will educate and interact with our emerging and developing leaders; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP units are encouraged to collaborate and partner with community groups and businesses to identify and place youth and young adult members in internships, as well as seek opportunities for the development of young professionals.