NAACP Youth and College

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 25,000 young people, under the age of 25, representing 550 Junior Youth Councils, 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.

Issues

Students Have Been On The Forefront Of Most Major Social Movements. From The Civil Rights Movement Of The 60s To The Anti-Apartheid Movement Of The 1980s, Campus Activism Has Forced Society And The World Of Change. NAACP Youth Councils And College Chapters All Across America Are Engaged In Social Justice Activism Addressing Issues At The Local, State, And National Level.

According to the CDC, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses compared to other ethnicities. A similar trend emerged when examining the spread of COVID-19. This speaks to a lack of accessible healthcare in African American communities. The lack of common-sense gun legislation in the United States has led to increased violence towards marginalized peoples.
The focus on retributive over restorative justice in the United States has led to the rise of mass incarceration and police brutality in marginalized communities. African Americans are vastly overrepresented in what has become the world's largest prison population. This leads to a cycle of crime, poverty, and punishment the spurs police violence in black communities.
Education is essential in our modern economy. In order for the African American Community to gain economic equality, higher education must be encouraged.
The right to vote is essential to a functioning democracy. It allows citizens to help steer their nation in the right direction. With this in mind, the African American community should be empowered to better take advantage of this right.
The economic development and empowerment of African American communities, combined with the measures above, is key to ending systemic racism in the United States.

Why Join Us?

Membership is power! Your Membership is invaluable to the continued existence of NAACP advocacy initiatives, outreach programs, and litigation efforts. As Membership grows, so does our ability to make a difference. NAACP’s Youth and College Division is currently composed of over 500 Youth and College units, representing thousands of young people across the United States dedicated to fighting for social justice.