Earlier this year, the NAACP Econ Department planned and executed programming for the 105th NAACP Annual Convention held in Las Vegas, NV. The Department hosted a variety of events to share our economic justice work as well as connect attendees to resources that address important economic issues.
National NAACP Job Fair
NAACPEcon successfully managed the National NAACP job fair that attracted professionals of color to meet and connect with the top employers in the region. Employers ranged from health services to business finance and were eager to meet with the talented professionals in attendance. The Economic Department’s booth featured the NAACPJobFinder.com, a job search web site for job opportunities with employers who are actively seeking diverse talent.
Wells Fargo Homebuyers Reception
The team co-hosted the Wells Fargo Homebuyers Reception with nearly 80 attendees that highlighted the success of the Homeownership Initiative conducted in June 2014 for National Homeownership Month. President and CEO, Cornell William Brooks gave the opening remarks, highlighting the importance of homeownership in the AA community. NAACP and Wells Fargo hosted Homebuyer Forums in 5 target cities, including St. Paul, MN; Washington, D.C.; Ft. Lauderdale; Las Vegas, NV; and Houston, TX. Participants in each city engaged in discussions about pathways to homeownership, had an opportunity to speak face-to-face with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage consultants and other industry professionals, as well as receive information on down-payment assistance. Reception attendees heard from Illinois, Florida and Texas state leadership about the positive outcomes of each homebuyer’s forum as a part of their micro-grant work.
The Economics of Higher Education Workshop
The team hosted the “Making the Money Add Up: Economics of Higher Education Workshop” seminar for over 70 youth and college attendees. The workshop helped raise awareness on the economic challenges of the higher education system and its impact on African American youth.
The team met with state and local reps from target areas
that have been highly recommended for the 2014-2015 micro-grants. The team reviewed the micro-grant timeline, activity expectations, and guidelines with potential grantees to ensure a smooth transition into the implementation phase. This orientation proved successful in further clarifying information and further developing relationships with local and state leadership.
Take it To the States
Dedrick Asante - Muhammad, Sr. Director of the NAACP Economic Department and Dr. Sheley Secrest, Economic Development Chair, Seattle – King County NAACP participated in the plenary session, “Taking It To The States”. The plenary session featured departmental overviews from program directors in the areas of criminal justice, health, economics, education and voting rights, followed by examples of local units’ initiatives.
Luncheons and Dinners
NAACP Economic Staff, Dawn Chase with support from the team led in coordinating and supporting the military luncheon and labor luncheon. The NAACP Economic Department nominated this years recipient of the Keeper of The Flame award, accomplished Economist Bill Spriggs.
Program Area at Exhibition Space
The team supported in staffing the program area of the Exhibition space throughout the four days in which it was open and engaged NAACP members and the local community around economic issues, resources and opportunities for advocacy.