I’ve heard the question asked time and time again: “Are organizations like the NAACP still relevant?” I think the question arises NOT as a result of the lack of issues that need to be addressed by the NAACP, but more as a result of some of the tactics NAACP used to inform and engage its members, especially our youth who will (for better or worse) be the future of the advancement of colored people.
Maybe that sentiment is starting to change (at least in my eyes) as the organization has officially launched NAACPConnect, a social networking site geared specifically towards members of the NAACP Youth & College Division and participants in the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program.
Site users can look forward to regular online conversations with distinguished NAACP Youth & College Division and ACT-SO alumni. Look at as a place online for the youth who currently represent the future of the NAACP to connect, socialize, and find out what their fellow ACT-SO colleagues are doing around the country. NAACPConnect also recognizes the amount of time our youth spend on social networking sites, and has created profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube and Google+ to keep users engaged and informed.
In addition to just connecting with other NAACP youth, NAACPConnect will also offer everything from exclusive written and multimedia content, to skills trainings, to micro-mentoring aimed at educational and professional development. Check out this video of Actor Lamman Rucker discussing the importance of being resourceful for NAACPConnect
Recognizing that our youth also spend an enormous amount of time texting, NAACPConnect offers the ability to offer mobile updates on important news in information coming from the website.
In other words, popular to contrary belief, the NAACP recognizes the importance and influence of today’s youth, and has built a site for connecting and empowering them to not only advance “up the ranks” within the NAACP, but to make them better leaders period. For more information, check out the NAACPConnect site. If you have or know of any youth who could possibly benefit, make sure they check out as well.