The NAACP believes strongly that future leaders must be developed today, and such development is ongoing in the Youth & College Division, created in 1936. Today there are more than 30,000 young people representing 600 Youth Councils, High School Chapters and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights. The NAACP has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country.
The Boston Branch is proud to support our youth in their academic and professional pursuits.
BOSTON BRANCH VIRTUAL YOUTH INNOVATION ACADEMY
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EVOLUTION OF THE PROGRAM
We believe one of the greatest challenges facing the Black community is economic inequality. This is supported by the data as reported in our 2017 Report Card and many other reports. We believe addressing the racial wealth gap and economic inequality will require a multi-pronged strategy. One of those strategies is business ownership.
In 2019 the NAACP Boston Branch launched its innovative summer entrepreneurship bootcamp for high school and college students. The program was created in response to an opportunity to participate in the Summer Nights program funded by Governor Charlie Baker's administration. After presenting the proposal to the Summer Program and receiving the "greenlight" to run the pilot program, the NAACP Boston Branch worked with Street2Ivy to operate the program. We were also pleased to welcome several scholars from the BAM Boston.
Our inaugural program had twenty students participating and we had several organizations support the program: Ardent, Bank of America, Boston Ship Yard, DLA Piper, IAC Partners, Indigo Partners, Institute for Human Centered Learning, MassChallenge, Medtronic, WeWork, and XCLSV Media.
All students in our 2019 program received a stipend, laptop and access to a first rate training program. We know that many of our youth are trying to secure jobs for the summer so this program will run in the evening allowing them to work during the day and have another constructive program to participate in during the evenings. No GPA requirement...just a desire to learn, be productive, and support our community.