Convention will host series of workshops and networking events to engage Youth and Young Professionals
– The NAACP’s 108th National Convention, taking place in Baltimore from July 22nd – 26th, will feature an array of events to engage Youth and College members. To mobilize the next generation of civil rights leaders, the convention will host a robust series of workshops, socials, luncheons and networking events specifically geared towards young people.
“The Youth and College Division is a critical, engaged, and active arm of the NAACP,” said Youth and College Representative, Anthony Davis Jr., “Our workshops and events in Baltimore will bring together hundreds of youth, college students, and young professionals to continue to fight for those that may not be able to advocate for themselves.”
The capstone event for the Youth and College members – the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Freedom Fund Dinner, will take place on Tuesday, July 25th at the Hyatt Regency and will celebrate the contributions of young people to the NAACP.
The youth portion of the convention starts on Sunday, July 23rd with the Youth Advisors Orientation and welcome session. Several educational workshops will be held from Sunday the 23rd to Tuesday the 25th and will include topics such as “Building Black Political Power,” “Faith and Activism,” and “Black Wall Street,” an economic empowerment workshop on financial education, entrepreneurship and investment.
A Youth and College Mass meeting will take place on Monday, July 24th. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will host three panels:
- How did we get here? From 1619 to 2016: Our Story.
Carlos Canton, President of the National Urban League
Jessica Pierce, Former National Chair, Black Youth Project 100
- Where are we now? Year One: What are the implications of the Presidency of Donald Trump?
DeRay Mckesson, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero
Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach for America
- What’s next? Strategies for the Days Ahead.
Tamika Mallory, National Co-Chair of the Women’s March
DeJoiry Mckenzie-Simmons, Youth Member of the NAACP Board of Directors