The NAACP Region IV held a Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI) in Kansas City, KS on Apr. 28. The training, for officers and representatives of local units, is designed to teach them how to do the work of the NAACP.

Participants were able to gain information on conducting advocacy campaigns in economic empowerment, education, justice, health and voter empowerment; learned new methods and techniques for designing impactful civil rights campaigns; connect with other activists, members, and State Conference officers; and hear from members of the National Board of Directors, and national staff.

Hillary Shelton, director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy updated attendees on issues the NAACP is currently working on in DC.

Rev. Gil Ford the ‎National Director of Unit Administration gave a workshop on unit compliance and bylaws. Kevin Myles, the NAACP Southeast Regional Director, and former Wichita and Kansas State NAACP President, returned to his NAACP roots to conduct a training session on VoterBuilder, a powerful national database technology to track voters and to help run campaigns. Region IV of the NAACP covers ten states: Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

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