Youth Council Officers





Sherronda Bridges










Youth & College Division

“A New Generation of Leadership”

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 400 Youth Councils and College Chapters actively involved in voter registration.


The NAACP has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country. Some 67,000 youth are involved with the NAACP through its Youth Councils and College Division. Its objectives are to inspire, motivate, and create interest in civic activities; provide young people with an understanding of pertinent issues; develop organizational skills for implementation of community-related activities; and encourage active participation in these activities.

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.


  1. Leadership and Activism Training
  2. Proactive Political and Community Activism
  3. Recruitment of new Youth Units
  4. Maintenance of existing Youth Units
  5. Public awareness of the necessity of youth involvement
  6. To be the leaders and trendsetters in the area of youth leadership and civil rights training


Marva McWhite


ACT-SO - Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

“Today’s Youth…Tomorrow’s Legends”

  ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.  The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. 

The 25 categories: Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics/Electronics, Physics/Energy, Physics/General, Music Composition, Original Essay, Poetry, Playwriting, Dance, Dramatics, Music, Music Instrumental/Classical, Musical Instrumental/Contemporary, Oratory, Drawing, Filmmaking/Video, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Entrepreneurship.

 Annual competitions are held at the local, state and national levels.  The National competition is held at the NAACP National Convention.  


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