Press Release


July 25, 2017

BALTIMORE (July 22, 2017) – The NAACP will host a reception at its 108th National Convention in Baltimore, MD to announce the launch of its Next Generation (NextGen) Program on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Pisces Room. All are welcome to attend.

NextGen is a 12-month leadership development training program for NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 35. Young adult members who formerly participated in youth councils, college chapters, young adult councils or the Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) are invited to participate. The NextGen curriculum focuses on leadership development but also includes training in legislative action, unit administration, advocacy and program planning consistent with the six NAACP Game Changer areas – Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Criminal Justice, Civic Engagement and Youth Engagement.

Graduates of the training will go on to participate in the NAACP’s Leadership 500 (L500) program.The NextGen Training Program will work in tandem with L500 and the Youth & College Division as a vertically aligned leadership development initiative.

This reception will also announce the relaunch of the Leadership 500 Program and recognize NAACP trailblazers leading the pipeline of young adult leadership in the NAACP. Chairman Emeritus Roslyn M. Brock will be recognized as a founder of Leadership 500. Other leaders pioneering the fight for youth activists in the NAACP will also be recognized.

Hosted by a committee of NAACP leaders, social justice activists and grass roots activists, the reception is part of the dedicated efforts to enhance youth and young adult leadership and activism in the Association.

Click here to RSVP for the NAACP NextGen Reception.


NAACP Youth and College Division

The NAACP Youth and College Division is comprised of over 300,000 Youth Council and College Chapter members between ages 10 and 25 committed to youth lead activism around education, economic sustainability, health, public safety and criminal justice, voting rights and political representation and young adult engagement through direct action, litigation, legislation and political action as vehicles for transformational change.


Leadership 500

Since 2005, Leadership 500 has spearheaded the NAACP’s efforts to develop a pipeline of mid-level professionals, engaged in civil rights and social justice.  For twelve years, L500 has been an important convener on the key issues impacting African Americans, an advocate for young leadership development, a venue for intentional, professional networking and partnerships, and a platform for effective civil rights and social justice advocacy for mid-level professionals.  Today, Leadership 500 brings together executives, educators, managers, and thought leaders from the corporate, non-profit, health and government sectors. L500 provides attendees with a variety of educational and networking formats in a relaxed, family friendly setting. Together, L500 participants add to their knowledge toolkit and build



Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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