Press Release


June 4, 2018

Media Contact: Malik Russell /

BALTIMORE, MD (June 4, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is now accepting applications for NAACP Next Generation program (NEXTGEN),the nation’s premier young adult leadership training program.

The NAACP is now accepting applications online for the 12-month leadership development training program for young adults between the ages of 21 and 35. The program is designed to prepare members who are young adults for leadership positions in the NAACP.  NEXTGEN features a series of trainings, including leadership development, legislative action, unit administration, advocacy and program planning consistent with the six NAACP Game Changer areas.

Members can apply for the NAACP NEXTGEN program by completing the online Application here. The application process closes on December 1, 2018.  Applicants will be notified by February of 2019.  The 2019 NEXTGEN Training will commence in March of 2019.

The NAACP encourages young adult members of Adult Branches, At-Large members and former youth council, college chapter and Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics of the Mind (ACT-SO) members interested in being leaders in the NAACP, to apply for the NEXTGEN Program. Graduates of the training will go on to participate and contribute to the NAACP’s Leadership 500 (L500) Program.  The NAACP NEXTGEN Program will work in tandem with L500 and the NAACP’s Youth & College Division as a vertically aligned leadership development initiative.

NEXTGEN launched its  inaugural class last year with 233 young adults from 33 different states. Of those 233 members, 97 of them lived in 13 key battle-ground states critical to the Association’s GOTV Civic Engagement Plan for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections.

Nominate a young adult or former NAACP youth by completing the Nomination Form here.


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 trail blazed the NAACP’s efforts to develop a pipeline of mid-level professionals, engaged in civil rights and social justice.   For 12 years, L500 has been an important convener on the key issues impacting African Americans, a contributor to young leadership development, a venue for intentional, professional networking and partnerships, as well as a platform for effective civil rights and social justice advocacy for mid-level professionals.  Today, Leadership 500 brings together executives, educators, managers, thought leaders and aspiring 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. Attendees can add to their knowledge toolkit, increasing their ability to lead and develop others as a result of the skills and knowledge gained at L500.




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 here.

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