The National Program Directives

Our Program Focus...

The National First Vice President is responsible for creating national programs to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Association for adults and young adult clubs.

National Convention activities include workshops, opportunities for clubs to showcase outstanding projects and their Women’s History project.  Recognition is given for year-end reports documenting compliance with the national program objectives.  Individual members are recognized for volunteer service performed in their communities.

Dr. Lavern J. Holyfield

Program Areas

The National program focus is (LETSLeadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Service- (which includes Health, Education, Employment, and Economic Development- H.E.E.D.).  Clubs identify local needs and implement projects to address the issues in their communities.

  • Leadership

    Training for business and professional women preparing them for leadership positions in their careers.

  • Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurial training is for women interested in starting a business, improving business skills and/or expanding an existing business by increasing their business expertise.  

  • Technology

    Training for women interested in obtaining or improving technology skills or seeking certification for a technology related business. 

  • Service (Health, Education, Employment, Economic Development)

    Delivering information and services through programs and initiatives in health, education, employment and economic development that inform, enlighten and strengthen our communities.

  • National Projects Addressing current critical issues within the country, including triple negative breast cancer, heart disease, domestic violence, emergency preparedness and community policing. 
  • TtPTriple the PINK   (Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness)

    Triple negative breast cancer occurs in about 10-20% of diagnosed breast cancers and is more likely to affect younger people in African American and Hispanic populations. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and difficult to treat and is more likely to spread and recur.  Therefore, the Association’s objective is to educate minority communities about this disease in the hope of minimizing its negative impact among those populations.
  • THTH

    Think Heart, Think Health (Heart Disease Awareness) Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. One in four women dies of heart disease. For African American women, the risk of heart disease is especially great. Heart disease is more prevalent among black women than white women—as are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing it, including high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, and diabetes.
  • DVOL 
    Domestic Violence … on Lock Down
    Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men.  Too often women hide the fact that they are subjected to violent conditions.  Many are hopeless and have no knowledge of where to go for help.  NANBPWC will provide education and information about available resources for individuals who are confronted with similar situations either directly or indirectly.


  • GRSR

    Get READY, Stay READY!  (Emergency Preparedness) This initiative can help spread the message about the need to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks Individuals are encouraged to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit (“To Go Bag); make a family emergency plan; and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
  • SAFE
    S.A.F.E. Encounters (Sound Advice for Effective Encounters)
    In view of the rise in police shootings, it is essential that we help our young people learn how to respond when interacting with law enforcement officials.  Clubs programs and activities should be initiated toward this end.  The ultimate, anticipated outcome is building or re-establishing good relationships between young minorities and law enforcement personnel and saving the lives of our youth and young adults.


The Vocal Arts Competition was first introduced in 1983 as the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition.  The 2001 Convention changed the name to the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists upon joining the National Opera Association to offer additional benefits to the contestants. 


The competition is designed to recognize promising young black classical vocalists by providing a performance venue and scholarships.  The competition begins on the local club level. The first place district winner competes at the National Convention.




This observance provides the local club with the opportunity to present the Sojourner Truth Award to an outstanding African American woman.  This award, established in 1948, is the highest award given by the Association.



The first Saturday in March is designated as NANBPWC, Inc. Women’s History Day.  The purpose is to focus on the many contributions made by African American women who have been and are instrumental in advancing education, business, professions, technology, family and community.



We have a strong commitment to working with other organizations dedicated to improving our communities.  Our focus is to develop opportunities to maximize efforts, leverage resources, and jointly promote community empowerment and self-sufficiency.  Through our “Stand Up! Speak Out!” program we provide information and take action on legislative issues.  We welcome every collaborative, partnering and networking opportunity.