"OUR VOICE, OUR VISION.".
During the NAACP's St. Louis Convention, a passionate and determined youth delegate, Juanita E. Jackson, challenged the leadership of the Association to create a department that focused on the growing concerns of Black youth in America. Through her intelligent leadership, the National Board of Directors passed a resolution creating the NAACP Youth & College Division and named Ms. Jackson its first Youth Secretary in March of 1936.
Today, it is evident that the NAACP is an organization that has developed many powerful, intelligent, young people who are destined to change the world. Our young people must embrace the urgency and dedication exhibited by those same young people in 1936.
We want to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race by developing a new generation of civil rights and community leaders. We aim to:
Inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities
Advance the economic, educational, social, and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples
Stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color's contribution to civilization
Develop an intelligent, effective youth leadership