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Addition of Assistant Advisor to the Bylaws and Background Checks

WHEREAS, Article V section 11(D) states: The youth council and advisor may select the Assistant Advisors as they see fit; and WHEREAS, Article V section 11(A) states: and

WHEREAS, Article V section 11(A) states: There shall be an advisor for youth councils in conformity with the rules of the Association. The Advisor must be a member in good standing of the Association, be at least twenty-five (25) years of age or at least twenty-two (22) years of age if the person is a member of the branch; and

WHEREAS, Compliant youth councils have 25 or more members; and

WHEREAS, Youth councils are active within the community, hosting events, developing programs, meeting with elected officials amongst other various activities; and

WHEREAS, The supervision ratios for similar nonprofit organizations that are not in the education or early years sectors for children 13 - 18 years of age is one adult to ten children; and

WHEREAS, The use of criminal background checks can assist organizations in making more informed and appropriate decisions in the choice of a chaperone; and

WHEREAS, The assistant advisor to be appointed with the position can be selected in conformity with the rules of the Association. The assistant advisor shall be outlined as a necessary component to overall youth unit continuity and success.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reaffirms its support of the youth council advisor by adding the assistant advisor position to the Bylaws.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NAACP will urge all of its youth units to work to elect assistant advisors.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP Office of General Counsel will establish a centralized process and set of procedures for branches to submit and conduct background checks of all advisors and assistant advisors prior to affirmation of their election to the executive committee. Additionally, results should be shared with the President and Secretary with clear guidelines for privacy protection.