History: Since it was founded in 1909, the NAACP has provided and trained more leaders for the black community than any other single organization. Virtually every black American leader, public and private, local and national, learned the spirit of public service and the techniques of leadership through the NAACP. Roy Wilkins, Vernon Jordan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Thurgood Marshall, and many others served their apprenticeships in the Association’s Youth Council s and College Chapters.
Today, there are over 400 NAACP Youth Councils, High school Chapters and College Chapters actively involved in social justice advocacy by addressing local issues as well as a national agenda made up of issues including: Education, Economic Empowerment, Health, Juvenile Justice, and Voter Empowerment. The NAACP is the only major civil rights organization, which encourages young people to participate fully in all aspects of its structure, including membership on the National Board of Directors.
Today, the Youth and 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.