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To better connect us to the communities we serve, the NAACP Image Awards® will nationally recognize individuals who are NAACP Members for the work they do to improve their community, educate the masses, identify the problems, and lead the revolution to fix it. No matter how small or grand the revolution, the values, and commitment of these individuals are essential to the mission of the NAACP, and these Activists deserve to be celebrated.


These social justice candidates must be submitted by their NAACP Youth & College Unit for consideration of the NAACP Youth Activist of the Year Award. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee to determine the top ten (10) nominees, who will then once again rank the top six finalists. The six (6) nominees would then be voted on by NAACP youth board of directors, youth work committee chair, Y&C state youth presidents, Y&C staff and youth advisors. Once selected, the NAACP Youth Activist of the Year will be notified on February 12, 2020, and hosted by the NAACP Image Awards® to attend the ceremonies in Los Angeles, CA. The winning award recipient will be announced during the Non-Televised Awards Dinner on Friday, February 21, 2020, as well as walk the red carpet and attend the 51st NAACP Image Awards® on Saturday, February 22, 2020. 


NAACP Youth Activist of the Year will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • A NAACP member in good standing (membership etc.)
  1. Youth Activist, age 12 to 25
  • Candidate should demonstrate a significant impact within their community on issues that align with NAACP gamechangers:
  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Economic sustainability
  3. Education
  4. Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement
  5. Health
  6. Public Safety
  7. Voting Rights and Political Representation
  • Youth Activist should be the principal organizer of a campaign or social and/or racial justice action
  • A clear demonstration and commitment to racial, gender, and religious equity



  • Candidate cannot self-submit.
  • Candidate must be a NAACP member in good standing (membership number required)
  • Candidate must consent to NAACP sharing their name, photo and materials (essay, videos, etc.) for media, marketing promotion and sponsor(s.)
  • Candidate must be willing to travel to California to attend 51st NAACP Image Awards®, Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, February 23, 2020. 



  •  Candidate must be submitted by their branch/unit
  • Candidate’s Unit must be in compliance
  • Candidate’s Unit executive or representative must complete online submission application
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