ACT-SO is off to a strong start in 2019.  We have many students signed up to compete in lots of categories, along with a strong group of mentors and judges.  See for yourself:

Of course we know that students will change their minds and trim down their competitions, or even enter new ones, but we’re definitely off to the races!

Important Deadline Passing

Today, January 31st, was the last day to enroll for guaranteed acceptance into this year’s Showcase.  That doesn’t mean we won’t accept more students–we will.  It does mean that students who come to us now will have to be better prepared and may have more limited choices, as we can’t find proper mentors and judges at the drop of a hat.  All that means:

Students! Waste no Time!

Volunteers, Mentors and Judges, Oh My!

While the students have to hussle, so does the adult community.  Our kids need you!  They need mentors and coaches to help them improve.  They need judges who can give them the crucial feedback they need at the Showcase to get better.  But they also need rides and help getting supplies and childcare for their brothers and sisters and food and cleanup and a thousand simple things.  You don’t need to be a high-powered artist or academic to help emerging African-American adults!

Adults -- Show them you care.

Committee Changes

We’ve had some changes on the ACT-SO Committee.  Steve has moved into a back-office role, dealing with all the paperwork and logistics that go into running ACT-SO.  Renita and Kamaria remain, and we’ve added two new ACT-SO Committee Members; Philip and Maisha.  These are the folks students and parents will be seeing and interacting with from the NAACP San Diego Branch.

Renita Payno
- ACT-SO Co-Chair -

Renita is a veteran, the owner and sole proprietor of her own small business, and a mother of two. You will find her at many community events; just ask the ...

Kamaria Allen
- ACT-SO Committee Member -

Kamaria has degrees in English and Psychology, has extensive administrative experience and currently works as a counselor to persons with developmental disabilities, and also volunteers with children and adults. She ...

Samantha Jenkins
- Committee Member -

Jardea Jenkins
- Committee Member -

Maisha Kudumu
- ACT-SO Committee Member -

Maisha comes from a family of educators and was herself a three-time ACT-SO participant and Gold Medalist.