Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Baltimore, Md. – As the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), convened during its 98th Annual National Convention, July 7-12, 2007, in Detroit, Michigan, the NAACP elected youth leaders that will serve their individual youth members throughout the nation.
Demar Lamont Roberts, a senior at SC State University, was re-elected to his current position as National Youth Work Committee (NYWC) Representative for Region 5, the largest region of the NAACP. Roberts was also elected chairman of the NYWC. The committee represents 27 youth and adults from across the nation, representing various regions of the NAACP. He is the first chairman ever elected to this position from South Carolina.
In his new role as chairman, he will help create plans of actions to increase youth involvement in the organization and recommend policies and best practices for youth units across the nation also in New England and as far away as Europe. Roberts’ leading task is to serve as a liaison between the National Board of Directors, President & CEO, and National Youth & College Director Stefanie Brown. Roberts will also serve as an ex-officio member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
“I am so excited to be working with Lamont this upcoming year as we both share a great passion and unique vision for the youth and college division,” said Stefanie Brown, National Youth & College Director.
Roberts will return to the committee as a senior member being the only youth re-elected to the committee from his region. Roberts is the first from South Carolina to assume the chairmanship of this committee.
Roberts said, “I am humbled to be elected by the young people of Region 5 and by my colleagues across the nation to serve in such a prestigious position as their chairman and I anxiously ready to work with Ms. Brown to address issues pertaining to youth.”
Roberts assumed the chairmanship at the closing of the NAACP annual convention.
“There are many issues such as education, universal healthcare, college and high drop out rates and countless other challenges youth face and I will make sure that we remain on the forefront of those issues” Roberts added.
He currently serves as a member the South Carolina State University Friends of Miller F. Whittaker Library Board of Directors; New Light Leadership Coalition LLC. in Baltimore, Md.; Jarvis Foundation; member of Perfect’d Praize Inc. Board of Directors; Student Representative for the South Carolina State University Endowment & Heritage Fund; and an ex-officio member of the Vision Leadership Institute Board of Directors.
Roberts, a 21-year-old senior at SC State University in Orangeburg, S.C., majoring in political science, is a native of Kingstree, S.C., and son of Levern & Thomasena Roberts Sr.