The NAACP Next Generation Program (NextGen) is a leadership development training program for young adults between the ages of 21 and 40 to receive comprehensive leadership and advocacy training to develop leadership competencies to become effective civil rights leaders. The NextGen program features a series of trainings, including leadership development, legislative action, unit administration, advocacy and program planning consistent with the six NAACP Game Changer areas, which include economic sustainability, education, health, criminal justice, political action, and youth engagement.
2020 NextGen Scholars
Stacia Kelly, MBA
My name is Stacia Kelly, and I am a 2020 NAACP NextGen Leadership Scholar as well as the Communication, Press, and Publicity chair for the Fort Wayne NAACP.
Currently, I am studying to obtain a doctorate in healthcare administration at Indiana Wesleyan University. I have always had love for community and wanted to be involved in humanitarianism initiatives. I know the struggles of life very well which is why I am dedicated to the fight for freedom. I was proudly awarded the Fort Wayne Seratoma Award (Service to Mankind) in 2005 and the NAACP Majorie D. Wickliffe Economic Empowerment Award in 2019 for my work in the community involving the continuum of health for communities facing impact by social determinants of health. As a minority African American woman, I have built a history of effective leadership contributions as a Manager improving bottom-line profitability, operational efficiency, and team morale. The strength of my skills are assisting an organization in directing improvements through vision, planning, and empowerment. I am also a member of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences also known as MANRRS. It is important that I utilize my skills, experiences and education to contribute to improving the socio-economic status of marginalized communities .
I was born and raised in Fort Wayne. I graduated from South Side High School, then Ravenscroft Beauty College. I’m a proud member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Currently, I’m a senior at Indiana Tech University and major in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. I will be graduating May 2020 with my bachelor’s degree. I’m a former volunteer Girl Scout troop leader and Junior Achievement teacher. I currently volunteer as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for the Allen County government, working cases of abused and neglected children. After working in education for years, I now work as a legal assistant at an Indiana law firm, and plan to become a juvenile probation officer after obtaining my undergrad degree. I plan to immediately return to school to earn my masters in either social work or community counseling. I seek to effectively rehabilitate juveniles and reduce recidivism rates so that our young people of color don’t end up in the prison cycle as so many adults do today. I’m extremely passionate about criminal justice reform and want to educate our youth about the power of voting. I have a strong desire to help people and to impact my community in a positive way as my grandparents, Charles and Jacqueline Redd did. Through my work with the NAACP, I hope to inspire other young people to become involved and productive members of our community.
2019 NextGen Graduate
Daylana Saunders is the Young Adult Chair of the Fort Wayne in Indiana. Daylana is employed as a High School English and Writing teacher and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication from Purdue University. Daylana also graduated from Ball State University.