Meeting of the Minds: Detroit Youth Council April 4, 2012 Meeting

The Detroit NAACP Youth Council held their bi-weekly membership meeting. During the meeting, members who participated in the Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI) reported on the workshops they attended while in Kentucky. Those workshops included: Economic Empowerment, Fundraising, Education, Health and Leadership. After the CRATI report, Assistant Secretary, Rajni-Anne Jackson provided the members with a Political Education report that outlined the voter registration goals of the Detroit Branch NAACP. In our next meeting, members will decide how many voters they will register in addition to discussing ways to increase voter turnout among high school students that are 18 years of age.

In addition to debriefing CRATI and discussing voter registration, we also discussed the following:

  • Student walk out at Fredrick Douglas Academy- On March 30, 2012 close to 50 seniors at Fredrick Douglas Academy walked out of class in protest of their education, lack of books and school supplies, and the shortage of teachers who can teach senior curriculum.
  • Trayvon Martin and next steps- Youth Council passed a motion to have members of the juvenile justice committee write a proposal in support of changing the Stand Your Ground law in Florida.
  • CRATI 2013- Detroit will host the next Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute and members of the Youth Council have agreed to be a part of the planning committee.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on the upcoming elections for 2012-2013 officers. Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48202. Members who are current on their memberships 30-days before the election date are eligible to run for office. Those members who are not eligible 30-day prior to the election are unable to run for an office but they are still eligible to vote.

Next Youth Council meeting will be held on April 18, 2012 at the Detroit Branch NAACP office (8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI) at 6:00 P.M. So, come join us and bring a friend!

Submitted by: Naudia Harrison, 11th grader at West Bloomfield High School and Detroit NAACP Youth Council Member

Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Contest Gold Medal Winners Prepare

Gold Medal Winners came to the Detroit Branch NAACP office to complete their paperwork as they begin to prepare for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition.

The Detroit Branch NAACP will be sending a delegation of seven Gold Medal Winners to the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition that will be held July 5-8, 2012 in Houston, Texas. ACT-SO stands for Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. High school students compete in local ACT-SO Competitions sponsored by the local NAACP branches and youth councils. The Detroit Branch NAACP held its competition on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Don’t worry if you missed the first competition, there will be a second competition sponsored by the Detroit NAACP Youth Council on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Applications are due by Monday, April 16, 2012. for more information call 313-664-2406.

22nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest

First place winners from the 22nd Annual Art & Essay and Contest were photographed in preparation for their award-winning art work and essays to be featured in the Souvenir Journal Book for the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner and place on exhibit during the event. All the winners will be recognized at a ceremony in May at the Charles H. Wright Museum where their artwork and essays will be on display. All contestants who submitted entries answered the question “What the Civil Rights Struggle Means to Me?” in either an art or essay form. Students are competing for prizes, art work and/or essay to be displayed and tickets to the annual fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

The Art & Essay Committee is chaired by Mrs. Mary Blackmon and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company in partnership with Detroit Public Schools.