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VOTING RIGHTS AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION

Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation

Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.

  1. Increasing Voter Registration for 18-25 yr. old’s
  2. Base Building to shift the relationships of power
  3. Educate and Turn Out all of the people of color in your community
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EDUCATION

A Free, High-Quality, Public Education For All

Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.

Demands for Inclusion Campaign

This initiative is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  1. Creating culturally validating curriculum and/ or departments that engage students in the expansive study of African American history and the intertwined struggle of people of color.
  2. Establishing institutional resources centers that support students of color through recruitment and retention service programing.
  3. Establishing institutional residential housing that focuses the history of marginalized communities of color and prioritizes students of color living in that space through recruitment, programming, and scholarships.

Ditch the Debt Campaign   A college education is one of the most important vehicles for economic and social mobility in the United States, for preparing students to fulfill their civic responsibilities, and for enabling students to achieve their dreams for themselves and their families. Students and their families are forced to choose either taking on tens of thousands of dollars of debt for a college education or forgoing the personal, familial and social benefits of attending college. This initiative is aimed at achieving the following goals:

This initiative is aimed at achieving the following goals:
  1. Educating students about the ins and outs of student loan debt
  2. Equipping students with the proper fiscal resources to navigate institutions of higher education
  3. Challenging institutions and government officials to advocate for affordable education measures
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Black Student Debt Report

Over 45 million borrowers are burdened with a collective $1.6 billion in student loan debt. Black borrowers are disproportionately impacted by this national crisis further widening the racial-wealth gap. To address these disparities, elected leaders must act swiftly to cancel student debt and develop race-specific policy and equitable pathways for affordable educational opportunities for Black students.   

The NAACP Youth & College’s Status Report on College Access, Equity, and Funding a Higher Education for the Black Public Good  closely examines findings for these key components:   

  • College Enrollment Trends for Black Students  
  • Legislation, Higher Education Policy, and Black College Access and Affordability 
  • Campus Experiences and Institutional Outcomes for Black College Students  
  • NAACP Region V and Region VI Student Debt by State  
  • The Impact of Student Debt on Black Borrowers 
  • Student Debt and Black Women Borrowers  
Further, the reports outline clear, proactive and solution-oriented recommendations for addressing the Black student debt crisis and ensuring equitable and affordable education for Black Students.  

Report Authors 
Charles H.F. Davis III, Ph.D., Jalil Mustaffa Bishop, Ph.D., Kyah King, M.Ed., and Ayan Jama, M.Ed. 

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ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security. In the Youth and College Division we are invested in developing the next generation of Black Entrepreneurs by ensuring that our members are financially literate and have every opportunity to create the innovative businesses of their dreams.

Get involved by participating in:

  1. Twitter Townhall
  2. Idea Lab & Her Idea
  3. Financial Lit Fridays

#BlackDollarsMatter Campaign seeks to ensure that every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security. This campaign is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  1. Promoting financial literacy college affordability and economic education
  2. Promoting community economic development by creating and supporting minority owned businesses
  3. Exercising political power through demonstrations of financial resistance and impact
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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Young Black people have disproportionately been impacted by gun violence from police brutality, domestic terrorism, and community violence.

Gun violence is an issue that has affected the Black community for years both from interpersonal and state violence. It is imperative that any solutions to gun violence include the intersections of Black violence by not only centering the needs of the those directly impacted but by funding community centered strategies to reduce gun violence and including the voices of young people in national legislative gun reform.

The initiative aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. Fund Proven Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
  2. Support Initiatives to Combat Gender Based Violence
  3. Ensure Young People and Children Are Safe from Gun Violence

No More Minimum Sentencing Campaign

The initiative aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. Expand the existing federal “safety valve”
  2. Promote sentencing consistent with the bipartisan Fair Sentencing Act
  3. Increase individualized review for certain drug sentences
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HEALTH

Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care

Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.

This initiative is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  1. Supporting policies that include holistic approaches to ending health disparities in the African American community through prevention and awareness;
  2. Mobilizing communities by engaging them in legislative, academic and community wide efforts;
  3. Empowering communities to become change agents.
  4. Youth Against Menthols

You Good Fam? Campaign seeks to shift the stigma around mental health in communities of color by prioritize efforts that will give students the opportunity to learn, discuss, and receive appropriate support within their on mental health wellbeing.This Campaign is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  1. Hiring people of color psychologists, counselors, and mental health professionals that have community experience on campuses and schools
  2. Equipping all students with skills to take on mental stressors and challenges through mindfulness practice, education, and resources
  3. Demystifying social stigmas around race and mental health by making conversations more common place
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Climate Change

Youth and College Environmental and Climate Justice Toolkit

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