Our Mission.

The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant, effective, and empowered youth leadership.

NAACP Executive Leadership

Derrick Johnson

Born in Detroit, Mr. Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. He then continued onto Houston, TX to receive his JD from the South Texas College of Law. In later years, Mr. Johnson furthered his training through fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University School of Political Management, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has served as an annual guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, lending his expertise to Professor Lani Guinier’s course on social movements, and as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College.

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Leon W. Russell

Leon W. Russell was elected chairman of the NAACP at its annual Board of Directors meeting in New York on February 18, 2017. Russell has served as a member of the NAACP Board of Directors for 27 years.

In this position, Mr. Russell was responsible for implementing the county’s Affirmative Action and Human Rights Ordinances which provide for the development of a racially and sexually diverse workforce reflecting the general make up of the local civilian labor force and the implementation of the county’s Equal Employment opportunity Programs. Programs involved in the implementation of this ordinance cover employees in all the departments under the County Administrator and the five Constitutional Officers.

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Karen Boykins-Towns

As a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) she serves as Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Chairman of its National Health Committee and President Emeritus of the Brooklyn, NY Branch. She is also Co-Chairman of the Business Council of New York State, and serves on the boards of Friends of Thirteen Public Television, and Brewster Academy. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

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Our Vision

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Youth and College Division is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race by developing a New Generation of Civil Rights and Community Leaders.For over 80 years, the NAACP Youth and College Division has been on of the largest organized groups of young people in any secular organization in the country. This Division has grown to have more than 25.000 young people, under the age of 25 actively involved in the fight for civil rights. The NAACP has over 550 Junior Youth Councils.

Youth and College Division Staff

Tiffany D. Loftin

Tiffany Dena Loftin is the National Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, she serves more than 550 Youth Councils, High School Chapters, and College Chapters through leadership development trainings, campaign organizing and legislative advocacy

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Wisdom O. Cole

Wisdom Coleis theNational Organizing Manager for the NAACP Youth and College division. In this role, he supports youth and college workshops for civil rights advocacy training institute, electoralaction trainings, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits and webinars. Mr. Cole was previously a field and state conference organizer for the Afrikan Black Coalition(ABC), the largest Black collegiate organization in California.

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Jazzalyn Livingston

Jazzalyn Livingston is our National Program Manager for the Youth and College Division. You might recognize her from Convention, she volunteered for the Youth and College Division in 2018 and now she manages the planning of our entire Convention. She also manages the division's operations and develops local, state, and national programs that engage youth on issues of criminal justice, civic engagement, education reform, voting rights, environmental & climate justice, economic advancement, and the prioritization of African Americans’ health and wellbeing.

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Derrick Lewis II

Derrick Lewis II is our newest addition (as of January 7). The Division is excited to add one more addition to the Youth and College Division, Mr. Derrick Lewis II. He will serve as our National Field Organizer, working with units on the ground across the country to build membership, organize the leadership, and build political power.

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Russell Boyd II

Russell Boyd II is one of our National Field Organizer where he works within the Youth and College field across the country to increase membership, organize young leaders, and build collective power. Before joining the Youth and College Division, Mr. Boyd was heavily involved in his college NAACP chapter where he focused heavily on immigration and civic engagement.

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Russell Boyd II lives in DC but joins us from the great state of Texas! Russell is a true NAACPer, former Vice-President, Political Chair and Convention Volunteer. Russell understands grass roots organizing, trainings, and leadership empowerment. We’re so excited to add Russell to the team as a talented addition to the movement for young Black lives. Also, he has a special passion for plants and community care.


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