Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement

The NAACP is expanding the presence of youth consciousness in every aspect of the Association through significant attention to expanding engagement with key age demographic (1979 and after). Young adult engagement will be key in policy research, development and advocacy on all levels. Greater support is being made to enhance the capacity of local units to recruit, engage, train and retain young adults. Innovative approaches are being taken on young adult membership and program engagement. Learn more.

National Youth and College Department lead by ____________________________

NAACP Youth and College Division is a courageous generation of intelligent, militant and effective youth leaders creating a world for all people to thrive.

The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.

NAACP Youth & College Tools and Initiatives:

Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics – ACT-SO led by Larry Brown Jr. – lbrown@naacpnet.org – The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

For over thirty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

ACT-SO Important Dates and tools:

  • ACT-SO 101 Facts Sheet
  • ACT-SO Town Hall dates for 2017. All calls start at 7pm ET.  January 18, February 15, April 12, May 10, June 7, July 12, July 17
  • ACT-SO National Competition Dates: July 20-23