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WHEREAS, the NAACP is an organization that is dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in America and over the last 100 years, a great deal of thought has gone into the development and transfer of information related to the training and education of its members and leaders; and
WHEREAS, training and education are essential elements to the survival of the units and the national organization as well as part of the NAACP strategic plan and as such linked to the proper organization, administration and management of the state conference and units; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP is attracting younger members and leaders in greater numbers; and
WHEREAS, some of the NAACP members are getting older, retiring from leadership positions, and lack the capacity to adequately transfer knowledge about the organization that has been developed, acquired and accumulated over the course of years and decades; and
WHEREAS, many new members and experienced members have erroneous misconceptions about the nature and work of the NAACP, its accomplishments, its history, its strategic plans and objectives, and its potential; and
WHEREAS, many members and leaders do not have sufficient means or time to travel to state conference meetings where training is supposed to be provided due to the impact of the recession, long term unemployment, family matters and other competing interests for their time when the state conference holds its training sessions; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP's best resources are devoted to training that ought to be accessible to all members for their growth and development in the organization; and
WHEREAS, the training and educational materials are at times hard to get, expensive to duplicate and at times out of date; and
WHEREAS, members need up to date training materials, constitution, bylaws and resolutions; and
WHEREAS, state conferences and units are with rare exception able to provide access to key resources as described herein even though it is the objective and goal of the NAACP to provide training and education in sufficient volume to provide maximum benefit to the organization and America; and
WHEREAS, the training provided at state conference meetings has a beneficial effect, but due to the volume of information, multiple and complex procedures, and material, it is no longer practical or desirable to devote the majority of state conference meeting time to remedial training that can be provided in other ways that are less expensive to NAACP members, units and national organization by reducing time for travel for training, the cost of reproduction of training materials and limits on the ability of members to receive training and thereby provides a greater opportunity for effective training throughout the organization at lower cost.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP utilize technology, including but not limited to the following: the internet, email, webcasts, podcasts, webinars and other digital means as developed or deemed useful to educate and train its members and officers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP will create a training and educational model for units that will include the aforementioned technology and will include information on how certain types of technology can be infused into the work of the local unit; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP create and implement a plan of action to make training and educational materials available by the 2011 NAACP National Convention, supplying materials to units digitally and in paper format.