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NAACP Announces Effort To Recruit Young Adults

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Wichita Branch NAACP President Larry Burks.

More than 100 members from the Midwest including the Kansas NAACP branch are attending a national convention in Baltimore.

"There's going to be a lot of good things that will be coming out of this," says Wichita Branch NAACP President Larry Burks.

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During the convention, 19-year-old Helen Myers was elected to the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. Myers, a native of Overland Park, is a member of the Johnson County Youth Council. She'll represent youth from Kansas and 10 states in the Midwest.

Burks says NAACP branches all across the country are talking about how to recruit more young people to join one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the U.S.

It's part of a new national leadership training program called Next Generation, or NextGen.

Burks says the local NAACP will target young adults aged 21-35. He says the group wants young people to be armed with resources available to benefit them, and to prepare advocates for the future.

The branch works to enhance voter engagement, legislative action and police and community relations. Burks says the organization is open to all people.

"Whites, Hispanic, African-American, Native-Americans, all backgrounds, all genders–come to us," he says. "We're an advocate for people in general."


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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