NAACP Units Trained to Bring Economic Empowerment to Their Communities

Over this past weekend, NAACP units from all over the country convened to attend the 2nd Annual Train the Trainer at the Financial Freedom Center, headquarters for the NAACP National Economic Department.  Train the Trainer is an annual weekend long program that equips NAACP units with the knowledge and tools to engage in economic education and advocacy work in their local communities.

Approximately 40 representatives, who included leaders from local units, state conferences and youth and college chapters, attended. Units interacted with and received hands on guidance from staff from the National Economic Department along with staff from the National Communications and Policy Departments. Units were trained on utilizing traditional and digital media; advancing policy at the local, state and federal levels; racial economic inequality, financial education, fair lending, state budgets and much more.  By the end of the training, unit leaders stated that they felt empowered to take this information and foster economic advancement in their own communities. Bennett College student and NAACP Chapter representative, Megan Washington stated, “At this training, I’ve learned about how to take action around student loans and all the different repayment options. I’m excited to take this information back to Bennett College and all the other colleges in Greensboro”. 

Unit leaders also had an opportunity to meet with our national partners, like Financial Planners Association, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and NID, who will offer assistance with workshops and counseling  in all of these communities over the next year.  And this training wasn’t all work and no play! Before heading back, unit leaders had an opportunity to do some site seeing in Washington D.C. as they participated in a tour of the historic Shaw District and visited the Martin Luther King memorial.  Darlene Gay-Allen, NAACP Unit Leader from Mobile, Alabama summed it up when she said, “Great class, staff, workshop…city! Loved it all!”

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