With our tour of Casa del Rey Moro (sorry, it’s full) ACT-SO is getting under way for the 2019-2020 season. We will be returning to favorite past activities, and planning exciting new ones. To refresh your memory, let’s cover the basics:
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 33 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 4th, 2020) there will be a local showcase of student work, with expert judges. Work that achieves the highest standard will get the student a spot in the national ACT-SO competition in Boston, July 16th-19th. The NAACP San Diego Branch will cover travel expenses.
Students may also earn a trip to Boston to observe, even if they don’t qualify to compete. We’re still working out the details, but we’re excited about getting some of our younger competitors a chance to see the big stage.
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.