Yolanda Melville To Be Recognized by NAACP NextGen Program


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ATLANTIC CITY — South Jersey attorney and Atlantic City NAACP member Yolanda Melville will be recognized with 67 others on July 23 after graduating from the first NAACP Next Generation Young Professional Leadership Program in 2018.

Melville, an attorney at CooperLevenson in Atlantic City, will be recognized during a graduation ceremony and reception at the NAACP 110th National Convention in Detroit. The event will highlight the social justice work of the graduates, and award graduation certificates by NAACP National Leaders.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and architect of North Carolina’s Moral Monday’s Movement, will be keynote speaker of the event.

NextGen is a 12-month leadership development training program for young adults between the ages of 21 and 35 to develop civil rights competencies and leadership skills necessary to be active and effective social justice advocates.

The NextGen program features a series of webinar and classroom trainings, case studies and group exercises. The NextGen curriculum encompasses leadership development, legislative action, unit administration, communications, fundraising, budgeting, intergenerational relations, ethics in leadership, advocacy, and program planning consistent with NAACP strategic plan: Game Changers for the 21st Century.

The inaugural class started in January 2018 and concluded in December. NEXTGEN graduates are actively involved in their local branches as subscribing life members of the NAACP, elected officers and executive committee members. 

They have recruited hundreds of new members, developed voter action plans for their local communities and have become actively engaged on a wide range of social justice issues. The 2018 graduating class includes NAACP leaders from 29 different states.

CooperLevenson honored Melville for her achievement with a social media post Friday.

Photo courtesy CooperLevenson Twitter

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