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!