ACT-SO-conducts annual academic competitions for students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) in NAACP Branches throughout the country. The current procedure is for participating Branches of the NAACP to hold local competitions in the categories listed above. The top local winners then compete with the winners from other cities at the national ACT-SO finals during the NAACP National Convention.
FINANCE – The Finance Committee shall:
The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.
FREEDOM FUND – The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association's program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
HEALTH – The Health Committee shall: Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; Assess the health needs of the community; Advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; Sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and Support health initiatives of the Association.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The Committee on Economic Development shall:
Implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by:
Researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities;
Supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs; and
Implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership;
Increasing employment and job creation; and Encouraging business development and home ownership.
LEGAL REDRESS – The Legal Redress Committee shall:
Investigate all cases reported to it; Supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested; and Keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.
MEMBERSHIP and Life Membership – The Membership Committee shall:
Work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; Be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; Be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing
renewals; and initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.
POLITICAL ACTION/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – The Political Action Committee shall:
Seek to increase registration and voting;
Work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; Seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation;
Work to improve the administration of justice; Work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and Keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS – The Religious Affairs Committee shall:
Include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It shall:
Promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle;
Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths;
Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and
Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.
YOUTH WORK - The Committee on Youth Work for State/State-Area Conferences shall:
Consist of all Youth Council Advisors, Youth Council Presidents and five (5) persons appointed by the State/State-Area Conference President. The Committee on Youth Work for Branches shall consist of the Youth Council Advisor(s), the Youth Council President(s), and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President. The Youth Council Advisors and the Youth Presidents shall choose the chair of the Committee. The Youth Work Committee shall develop and coordinate the programs of the senior and youth groups.
The Branch Committee on Youth Work shall turn the names, addresses and membership dues of youth solicited by the Branch over to the appropriate National Office recognized youth group, if any, in their community. The Youth Work Committee shall monitor the youth membership in the Branch. If there is no local youth unit recognized by the National Office, the Committee; shall recommend the Branch apply to the National Office for a Youth Charter and organize the appropriate youth group.
WOMEN in the NAACP (WIN)
State/State-Area Conferences, Branches, Prison Branches and Young Adult Councils of the Association may organize Women in NAACP (WIN) committees subject to the control of the Executive Committee and to such rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may enact. WIN committees shall consist of a Chairperson and/or Co-Chairperson and at least; three (3) other members. WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP, civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch.
ARMED SERVICES AND VETERAN'S AFFAIRS – The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs shall:
Seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in 'government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community;
Study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community;
Serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans;
Maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems;
Receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination;
Prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.
HOUSING – The Committee on Housing shall:
Study housing conditions in the local community;
Receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination;
Oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and
Disseminate information and render such other assistance, which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY– The Labor and Industry Committee shall:
Seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by:
Working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals;
Encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement;
Working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions;
Securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and Working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.
YOUNG ADULT– The Young Adult Committee
Consist of Branch members, ages 21-40. Support all branch activities; Stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of 21-40 year olds; Create a mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation; Provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and Encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the
PRISON BRANCH SUPPORT– The Prison Branch Support Committee shall:
Work closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator. Maintain contacts with, and report regularly to the Regional Coordinators. Build, cultivate and maintain positive relationships between prison officials, Prison Branch members and members within the local Branch. Solicit community organizations and businesses to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, government officials, politicians, media personnel) to assist the Prison Branch in carrying out its programs.