To the Editor:

The Statesville Branch NAACP #5454 wishes to re-establish its Youth Council. According to the national NAACP website, “the NAACP’s youth programs ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race by developing the next generation of civil rights leaders.”

The Youth Council is a subdivision of the main branch, but it is self-governed by its youth members under guidance of adult advisors. The Statesville NAACP Youth Council will offer opportunities for connection, education, and action.

Members of the Youth Council will form networks with others who share a passion for equity, civil rights, and social justice. Members will learn about the historic and current issues facing people of color and how to best advocate for continued improvement. The members will set their own goals and action steps to address issues facing area youth and the overall community.

In addition to regular Youth Council monthly meetings, the Youth Council will also plan activities and outings to bolster camaraderie and friendships. The Statesville Branch NAACP is also launching a digital badge program that will offer recognition and prizes for participation and accomplishments.

The Youth Council is open to anyone 24 years of age and younger, of any race and ethnicity, who is passionate about promoting the wellbeing of and ending discrimination against people of color.

The Youth Advocacy Committee of the Statesville Branch NAACP will host an informational interest meeting on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Unity Center. Additional virtual meetings will be hosted on March 11 and 12 for those who cannot attend in person. To sign up for one of these information sessions, visit (If you are under the age of 18 and are interested, please have a parent or guardian to complete the form on your behalf).

Pamela Johnson, Youth Advocacy Committee Chair
Statesville Branch NAACP