NAACP Youth and College Division to Host Annual Convention in Kansas City


(BALTIMORE, MD) - The NAACP Youth and College Division will hold their annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri from July 11-15, 2010. The convention is a gathering of thousands of young people representing 600 Youth Councils, High School Chapters and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights around the nation, and will be held concurrently with the NAACP's 101st Annual Convention.

The convention will highlight a new civil rights agenda that builds on the past and embraces the unique struggles and aspirations of today's young people. Members will vote and discuss legislation pertinent to the division as well as attend workshops, youth advisory meetings, and forums focusing on the empowerment of young African-American teens and other racial and ethnic minorities. Topics of discussion will range from civic engagement through voter registration, role of the criminal justice system and mastering social networking techniques as a recruitment tool.

"This year's Youth and College Convention is an opportunity for the NAACP to harness the energy and creativity displayed by young members nationwide who want to create change and have a louder voice concerning issues that affect them," said National Field and Youth and College Division Director Stefanie Brown. "With the unveiling of the Youth Civil Rights Agenda, among other upcoming initiatives, the NAACP is poised to show that youth is and will continue to be at the forefront of civil and human rights."

In addition to the youth civil rights agenda, the NAACP Y&C Division will unveil a new logo as a part of its "100 Remix" campaign. The logo, which will be chosen from a group of contest submissions, will encompass the deep history of the NAACP while representing the forward movement of the Association. The winning logo will be unveiled at the "100 Remix" town hall event at the Kansas City Convention Center on July 12th.

Youth Units, Advisors and State Youth & College Divisions will also be recognized during the convention with the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Youth Freedom Awards, awarded to those who have displayed exemplary youth activism in the civil rights arena, dedication, and commitment to the mission and vision of the NAACP. The award will be given out on July 14th.

Created in 1936, the Youth and College Division has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country. Today, the Youth & College Division continues to provide one of the strongest and most capable elements in the NAACP's national volunteer network as well as the major training instrument for motivated young people committed to justice and equality for all people of color.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.



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