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 30,000 young people representing 600 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.
The Boston Branch’s Youth Councils are currently inactive. If you work with young children or you are a young man or woman interested in leading this effort, please contact our office ASAP at 617-427-9494.
The following is the structure of the NAACP’s Youth and College Division:
- 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.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The program relies on the dedication and commitment of community and business leaders who volunteer as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence. Through this collaborative effort, participating students develop the confidence and skills needed to excel in school and in life. Annually, participants compete in 26 categories, including in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. Some students are selected to compete at the annual National NAACP Conference.