Contact person - Ms. Madge
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program
designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high
academic and cultural achievement among African American high
school students. The ACT-SO program centers on dedication and
commitment of community volunteers and business leaders, who
serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic
excellence among African American students. There are 25
categories of competition in the sciences, humanities,
performing and visual arts.
Who Sponsors ACT-SO?
NAACP sponsors ACT-SO.
ACT-SO receives support from schools, organizations, churches,
foundations, private corporations and individuals.
Who Is Eligible to Participate?
Eligible participants are high school
students of African descent, who are U.S. citizens, enrolled in
grades 9 – 12, and who are amateurs in the categories of
What Are the Benefits of
Participating in ACT-SO?
First and foremost, the
ACT-SO program is intended to be a learning experience. The
focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is on
enrichment and mentorship. Students work with ACT-SO mentors
who help them to develop projects throughout the year. Local
ACT-SO programs also provide ACT-SO students with enrichment
opportunities, e.g., workshops, tutorials, and field trips.
ACT-SO is rooted in the
firm conviction that African Americans can succeed and compete
at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in
classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and
abroad. The objective of ACT-SO is to prepare, recognize, and
reward African American youth who exemplify scholastic and
artistic excellence. The ACT-SO goals are:
To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of
academic and artistic excellence among African American youth.
recognize academic and talent achievement among African American
students in a manner commensurate with the recognition afforded
provide and assist African American students with the necessary
skills and tools to establish goals and to acquire the
confidence and training to make a successful contribution to
ACT-SO is targeted toward Black youth
because of their test scores, which consistently remain at the
bottom rung nationally when compared to other ethnic groups.
ACT-SO was designed to be a showcase of what each participating
local NAACP branch has been doing throughout the year to save
our young people from the spirit of mediocrity and defeatism
that plagues many of our communities.