NAN Launches Youth Move Page on its Website

5/1/2012, 12:10 p.m.

After citing increased youth involvement in the National Action Network (NAN ), Rev. Al Sharpton and the organization have launched a Youth Move page on its website.

Many of the youth are being drawn in as part of an effort by Tamika D. Mallory, NAN's executive director, who is just 31 herself, along with Dominique Sharpton, 25,who heads up membership for the organization. Sharpton was a youth activist and established the National Youth Movement in 1971. He was active in leadership his teenage years and went on to run for the U. S. Senate, mayor of New York, and president of the Unites States. He is now grooming young people to fulfill positions of leadership in civil rights and social justice.

NAN's Youth Move is being led by 14-year-old National Youth Director Mary Pat Hector in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Northeast Region where NAN 's headquarters are based, is being directed by 12-year-old Victoria Pannell. Both young ladies mobilized young people during NAN's national convention in Washington, D.C., and were prominent at key events featuring leaders in education and anti-violence. U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan acknowledged their efforts at a special plenary session where he spoke at on April 13.

As Youth Move director, Mary Pat Hector has been increasing membership in chapters across the country and the youth presence is a key goal area of growth the organization will continue to focus on. On a local level, Mary Pat leads teen-safety workshops for schools and trains teens and college students in many areas of youth advocacy techniques. She travels an average of 4,000 miles a month speaking at high schools, colleges, conferences, woman's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. She recently spearheaded the national "Shake off the Violence" tour urging youth to put down guns.

Victoria Pannell recently led an anti-violence march in Harlem, New York, as part of an effort to take back the streets from the drug dealers and gang members and has been active in the fight to save United States Post offices. She and some of the young people met with the head of the U.S. Post Office during NAN's national convention last month, and were victorious when the Senate passed an amended version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act Post that saves the majority of the Post Offices for three years.

Victoria is currently doing speaking engagements on homelessness, being fatherless, violence in communities, and mental health services for children.