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Beaumont Branch NAACP SCHOLARSHIP FORM/APPLICATION

Dear Applicant:

The Beaumont Branch of the NAACP is an organization that encourages young men and women

to achieve excellence through higher education. We support this focus by awarding three scholarships to graduating seniors who will be attending an UNCF College/University, Lamar University and the Lamar family (LIT Beaumont, Orange and Pt. Arthur) and exemplify

academic excellence, strong leadership, and community involvement.

The NAACP Beaumont Scholarship Program is available to students entering and maintaining full time status at an approved, accredited, post-secondary institution beginning in the fall of the current year. Applicants must meet ALL of the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA and deadlines to qualify. Any scholarship award must be applied toward tuition, room, board and, books. Checks will be mailed from the Beaumont office and made payable to the certified institution. Individuals applying for a scholarship must forward one completed application packet to the address below. Application packets must be postmarked no later than April 10th, 2017. Facsimiles and incomplete packets will not be accepted. Award letters will be forwarded to recipients by May 8th, 2017. Mail your complete application packets to:

Beaumont Branch NAACP

ATTN: Scholarship Committee

3260 Washington Blvd.

Beaumont, Texas 77705

Phone: 409- 842-0294

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • High school student transitioning to higher education at UNCF College/University, Lamar University and the LIT family

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5

  • Plans to attend school for entire academic year, beginning in the fall

  • Community service within past 12-months with certified documentation

  • Leadership involvement

IN PERSON INTERVIEW

Each finalist applicant will be scheduled for an in-person interview at the NAACP Office, 3260 Washington Beaumont, TX. Finalist applicants will be notified of the time and date of the interview.

Essay

***Applicants are required to submit a typed and double-space 600 minimum words essay on the following topic. Your essay must be forwarded along with your completed application.

Priorities reveals much about a person’s character, morality, and personality. Share your top three priorities and explain “why they are your top three.”

Official Academic Transcript

Applicants must request an official academic transcript from their high school. Transcripts must be included in the packets.

Texas African American Memorial

This is the Texas African American History Memorial, to be installed on the Capitol Grounds this week in Austin, TX.  The Sculpture is 34′ Long x 27′ High & contains some 100 images of Slaves & Great Africans in Texas History.

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Training to Raise Awareness Campaign All Alert Training

The Problem: There is currently a lack of reliable information on incidents of police misconduct and hate crimes in the US. Training on the NAACP All Alert system can increase public awareness of police misconduct and hate crimes by encouraging witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association.

  • 1 out of 9 people – roughly 32 million – in the United States report having been racially profiled.
  • The highest number of hate crimes in 2008 was directed against Blacks, Jews, and members of the LGBT community
  • Of the 43.5 million people who had contact with police in 2005, 1.6% had force or threat of force used against them in their most recent contact. Of them, 83% characterized the force as excessive.

Report Police Misconduct Here

Conducting All Alert Training

Solution: To increase public reporting of incidences of police misconduct by conducting trainings on the All Alert System and encourage witnesses or victims police misconduct to report such inci- dents to the Association.

The Problem: There is currently a lack of reliable information on incidents of police misconduct in the US. Training on the NAACP All Alert system can increase public awareness of police misconduct by encouraging witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association.

What is the All Alert System?

Launched in July of 2009, NAACP All Alert is an online reporting system that allows witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association. All Alert is a user-friendly online form that respondents can access and fill out using their cell phone or computer. Users are asked to provide as much detail as they can or choose to about the incident (i.e. race of victim, per- ceived motivation of incident, time and location of incident, information on officers involved, etc.)

How can training on All Alert help increase reporting on police misconduct?

In order to get the All Alert System in the hands of as many people as possible, NAACP units must conduct trainings on know your rights and how to use and access the All Alert System. Educating people on their rights and the All Alert System will increase public awareness on police misconduct and give people an opportunity to report such incidences.

— Call to Action —

Law enforcement agencies can no longer be the only group reporting police misconduct. It is time to build a public awareness campaign that will inform people of their rights and how to use the All Alert System when reporting police misconduct. Only when people are informed of their rights and how to exercise them through reporting incidences of misconduct will society be forced to deal with the problems of police misconduct.

— Call to Action Components —

411 on the 50- Make copies of “411 on the 50” forms and use them to conduct outreach and to educate and train people on their rights.

All Alert Reporting System Training- NAACP units will hold regular trainings to encourage the public to document police misconduct and report such incidents to the Association

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance document police misconduct.

— Youth and College Opportunities —

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division can organize teach-ins, events and activities that will enlist college students’, professors’, and University Administrators’ support and participation in the Educate Over Incarcerate Coalition efforts.

Youth and College Units- Youth and College units can play an extremely important role in holding juries accountable for racial discrimination in jury selection by monitoring and documenting the jury selection process. Young people in college often have flexible schedules and can work with national office to target and document the practices of a court with a history of racial discrimination in jury selection and work to hold that court accountable.

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize teach-ins, All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance model policing strategies.

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize, All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance document police misconduct.

Effective Law Enforcement Establishing Model Policies

The Problem: Incidents of police misconduct, including excessive use of force, deadly force, racial profiling, and racial bias in decision-making continue to undermine trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and violate the civil rights of all Americans.

Facts:

      • Official numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2002 indicate 26,000 com- plaints of police officer “use of force.”
      • Of the 43.5 million people who had contact with police in 2005, 1.6% had force or threat of force used against them in their most recent contact. Of them, 83% character- ized the force as excessive.
      • In 2005, African Americans (4.4%) and Hispanics (2.3%) were more likely than whites (1.2%) to have experienced use of force by police.

In 2005, African Americans (4.4%) and Hispanics (2.3%) were more likely than whites (1.2%) to have experienced use of force by police.

What to Do About Police Misconduct?

Problem: Incidents of police misconduct, including excessive use of force, deadly force, racial pro- filing, and racial bias in decision-making continue to undermine trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and violate the civil rights of all Americans.

Solution: In efforts to address police misconduct, the NAACP must work to establish model policies that will offer a unified training, data collection, policies and practices that govern how law enforcement should act when engaging with the public. Furthermore, the NAACP must encourage participation in community-oriented policing by all law enforcement agencies.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Citizen Complaints About Police Use of Force, 2002.” http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ccpuf.pdf Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Contact between Police and the Public, 2005.

What are Model Policies?

Model Policies are a set of practices, training, standards and policies that law enforcement agencies can adopt designed to reduce police misconduct incidences which include excessive use of force, deadly force, racial profiling, and racial bias in decision-making.

How can Model Policies help us reach our goal to eliminate Police Misconduct?

Right now, local law enforcement governs themselves based on policies and practices decided on by local law enforcement agencies. In which case, how law enforcement engages the public varies from place to place. Establishing model policing policies and standards allow for law enforcement to be trained and govern themselves on a series of best practice policies and practices that have proven to reduce police misconduct.

What Is Community Policing?

Community Policing is defined by the U.S. government as, “a philosophy that promotes organiza- tional strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.” Simply put, it encourages that law enforcement work with com- munity organizations, schools, churches, other community institutions ,and local leaders to build partnerships to address the issue of public safety together.

How Can Community Policing Help Reduce Police Misconduct?

The relationships that are formed between law enforcement and the community help to foster trust and promote frank and open communication about how to address public safety issues including solving crime as well as incidents of law enforcement misconduct.

— Call to Action —

We count on law enforcement to provide protection and security for our communities. However, an act of police misconduct or abuse threatens the legitimacy, fairness and effectiveness of our crim- inal justice system–and continues violence and victimization in many of our neighborhoods. To- gether, we can make a difference and work to establish model policing standards that will curb police misconduct and abuse.

The NAACP and our coalition partners will establish model standards for police to build public safety and trust between law enforcement and communities of color and reduce incidences of police abuse. The NAACP calls on all units to engage local governments to establish model policies and policing standards.

— Call to Action Components —

Model Policing Coalition- The NAACP will establish an Effective Law Enforcement Coalition to pro- vide best practices research, analysis and advocacy that will advance and support establishing model policing strategies at the local level.

All Alert Reporting System Training- Local NAACP units will hold regular trainings to encourage the public to document police misconduct and report such incidents to the Association.

Media and Messaging Campaign- The NAACP will advance a media and messaging campaign that will inform the public on the need to establish model policing policies.

Research and Best Practices- The Effective Law Enforcement Coalition will provide research and best practices to highlight the benefits and potential of model policing policies and standards.