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Jamaica NAACP a hit at national convention

Youth Council lands major awards

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:06 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2019.

Members of the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP represented the group with distinction at the 110th annual NAACP national convention in Detroit, Mich. last month from July 20 to 24.

The young adults in attendance stood out in particular, with the Jamaica Youth Council earning awards for programmatic activity in Economic Empowerment and Juvenile Justice. They also received the Medgar Wiley Evers Youth Leadership Award. The award is named for the slain civil rights leader who was 38 when he was assassinated outside his family’s Mississippi home in 1963.

Additionally, Branch President Candace Prince-Modeste was one of 68 graduates nationwide from the organization’s inaugural NextGen Program, a leadership development training institute for young professionals aged 21 to 35.

Prince-Modeste was also elected treasurer of NextGen’s Alumni Leadership Council, and will hold the post for a two-year term.

Convention highlights included a Diversity Career Fair, a presidential candidates forum featuring ten candidates and keynote addresses from several national figures including Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and Dr. Jerome Adams, surgeon general of the United States.

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