Welcome to the informational page for the San Diego Branch of the NAACP's ACT-SO competition.  We're glad you're here, whether you are an African-American High School student looking to enter, or a member of the San Diego community interested in mentoring, judging, recruiting, or assisting!

What is ACT-SO?

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.  (For a very brief description of each category, please see our Categories page.)

For forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

Yeah, but SPECIFICALLY What is ACT-SO?

Students will, over the course of the school year, prepare a scientific paper, a play, an essay or other academic work (for a full listing, see our Categories page.)  The NAACP will provide mentorship and assistance all along the way.  At the end of the school year (specifically, April 21st, 2018) there will be a local showcase of student work, with expert judges.  Work that achieves the highest standard will get student a spot in the national ACT-SO competition in San Antonio, July 12-15th.  The NAACP will help defray travel expenses.

The Goals of ACT-SO are:
  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.
  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

If you are an African-American high school student looking to polish and show off your skills to earn scholarship money and the potential to compete nationally, sign up today!

Are you interested in seeing African-American youth succeed?  Share what you know.  Maybe you can mentor a student in STEM or Dance.  Maybe you can help them develop business savvy.  Maybe you have life wisdom to share.  We need YOU to help our young people.  Sign up today!

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ACT-SO related events:

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
  • ACT-SO Kickoff (details)
    Sat, Sep 22, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Thu, Oct 18, 2018
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Oct 18, 2018  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Nov 15, 2018  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

Thu, Dec 20, 2018
  • ACT-SO Committee Meeting (details)
    Thu, Dec 20, 2018  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    National City CA 91950

ACT-SO News

Elections, ACT-SO, Superior Court, CHP and more…

At tonight’s General Membership Meeting, we have four agenda items: Upcoming branch elections ACT-SO Matter concerning the Superior Court Captain Penner of the El Cajon ...

Watch: ACT-SO at Casa del Rey Moro

ACT-SO invited participants and friends to join a tour of Casa del Rey Moro, a museum dedicated to the history of African peoples.  After the ...

Watch: The ACT-SO team visits San Antonio

Here’s a little bit of what we saw and did in San Antonio at ACT-SO Nationals!  We hope to be taking YOU next year!

2018-2019 ACT-SO Kickoff

Forget sportsball—on September 22nd, ACT-SO is back! ACT-SO is the NAACP’s academic enrichment program and competition for African-American high school students.  Last year, the NAACP ...

Casa del Rey Moro Tour

On the evening of August 31st, take a world tour through 6000 years of African world history with the NAACP San Diego branch ACT-SO program! ...