Our 2020 ACT-SO Olympians

We couldn’t be prouder of our 2020 ACT-SO Olympians!

This has been a very difficult year for so many reasons. Let us stop, though, and look at the accomplishments of our ACT-SO Olympians in the midst of it all!

This year, we have three Gold winners; Eryn (Painting and Filmmaking), Loba (Classical Musical Instrument) and Sherwin (Contemporary Musical Instrument.) They will go on to compete in the national ACT-SO competition in July over Zoom.

Sherwin also took home a Silver (Written Poetry) and a Bronze (Classical Musical Instrument), and Eryn earned a Silver (Contemporary Vocal) as well.

Joshua scored a double Silver (Photography and Computer Science), and Tracee netted a Bronze (Contemporary Vocal.)

Finally, Precious earned high praise from our judges for her written poetry, even if she is not quite old enough yet to formally compete.

Please give these kids a (virtual) round of applause. Also, please consider donating to ACT-SO or volunteering with our ACT-SO Committee, so that we can attract, enrich, celebrate and reward even more students next ACT-SO season!

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ACT-SO Results to be Announced

ACT-SO had its first day of competition on Saturday, May 23rd, over Zoom, with both Humanities and Performing Arts competitions. We’re excited to say that $2400 in scholarship prizes were earned that first day alone! You’ll have to attend our announcement on Sunday at 5pm to find out who earned which prizes.

ACT-SO’s 2nd day of competition was be May 30th, again over zoom. We will did Visual Arts and STEM on that day, and another $2200 in scholarships was earened.

We’d like to give a big thanks to May 23rd’s competitors, Sherwin, Loba, Tracee and Eryn, and last Saturday’s judges, Buki, Darwin, Ryn, Tomas, Shardie and Dennis.

Thanks as well to May 30th’s competitors, Joshua, Andrew and Eryn (again!), and last Saturday’s judges, Ryn (again!), Scott, Jasmine, Debashis, Ken, Ellen, Gail, Anya, Richard and Lewis.

Join us at 5pm on May31st to hear the exciting results:


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Grantwriter Needed

The NAACP San Diego Branch relies on memberships, donations and fundraising for much of our operating budget. We also receive grants from some very generous organizations, including Qualcomm, SDG&E, and the NAACP Local Action Fund.

COVID-19 means there is less money in everyone’s pocket, and fundraising activities are limited. We are actively seeking additional grants, and could really use a grantwriter who would like to donate their skills and time to help us capture some dollars for out Branch.

If you’d like to lend a pen to the cause of Civil Rights in San Diego, please write [email protected].

Thank you!

MANDATORY Informational Session

ACT-SO Showcase Goes On — Online, That Is

We have received guidance from ACT-SO National as to how we can hold an online competition. It will be very different in some ways from prior years, but it will still celebrate the achievements of our amazing students, and will still allow them to win scholarships and a chance to compete at a national level.

There will be a MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL SESSION, also via Zoom.  Details:


5pm – 6pm
Wednesday April 29th, 2020

During this informational session, we will give you details about how this year’s Showcase is going to work, and requirements placed on our competition by our National organization.  Some of these requirements include:

  • No spectators allowed in the Showcase, and no recordings
  • Competitors must be alone while competing; no one else may be in the room
  • The Zoom application must be used (it is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android)
  • Audio and video must be on at all times

Please ensure that you are able to use Zoom in advance of the mandatory informational session; instructions are available should you need them.  Everyone is welcome to join the informational session; competitors must attend but guardians and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

COMPETITORS MUST ATTEND THE INFORMATIONAL SESSION in order to compete.  If you absolutely cannot attend on Wednesday evening, please get in touch ASAP.

If you have questions in advance of the informational session, please write [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday!

The competitions will be held:

Saturday May 23rd, 2020
Saturday May 30th, 2020
• Written Poetry
Performing Arts
• Poetry Performance
• Contemporary Vocal Music
• Contemporary Instrumental Music
• Classical Instrumental Music
Visual Arts
• Painting
• Photography
• Filmmaking
• Medicine and Health
• Mathematics
• Computer Science
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ACT-SO Goes Online!

Hi, folks. We just got word from ACT-SO National that this year’s Showcase will need to be done online, in order to get the showcase done in time for National but still stay safe from COVID-19.

We haven’t set a firm date yet, but expect the Showcase to take place during the last week of May, and warm up your phone cameras!

We will get back to you soon with details, but wanted you to hear this as soon as we got the news.

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April 9th Newsletter

  • EMS Contract
  • Vehicle Habitation and COVID-19
  • Law Enforcement and COVID-19
  • Taxes, Cash Flow and COVID-19
  • Update on Section 8 Lawsuit
  • Domestic Violence?  Get Help?
  • ACT-SO will go on!
  • SDG&E Energy Assistance
  • Trusted COVID-19 Information
  • May General Membership Meeting will be online
  • Resources; Member-owned businesses, food, education and legal

Read the newsletter!

ACT-SO Still Will Happen!

COVID-19 has affected our lives in profound ways. Thanks to swift action from the County of San Diego and State of California, we are not going to experience as much tragedy as some places that are being hit very hard.

Still, it’s set ACT-SO back. We were supposed to have had our competition last Saturday, and we still don’t know when it will happen. Furthermore, it’s set our in-person mentoring sessions back.

On the good news front, our wonderful partners at SD-YAMA are giving lessons remotely, and we’re doing email and video conferences with our other students.

Our National organization is currently working out competition rules and systems that will allow us to hold a virtual ACT-SO competition, perhaps spread over several days.

We don’t have new dates for you yet, but those will come. Please be assured that while the safety of our competitors is our top priority, we are determined to give them the full ACT-SO experience, in spite of COVID-19.

To that end, should our students earn Gold, we will be taking them to the ACT-SO National competition this summer. Here’s a short video from last year’s Gold winner, Jor’Denay Collier:

ACT-SO National 2019 Jor’Denay Collier Mini-Vlog

Here are a few highlights from the NAACP San Diego Branch’s ACT-SO Nation Poetry Performace competitor, Jor’Denay Collier

We want more students to experience ACT-SO National; both Gold winners and student observers. In order for that to happen, we need your help!

Can you make a donation to help our kids get to National? We estimate the average cost per student for a season of ACT-SO is $1500; we don’t expect many of you will be able to give us that much, but our kids will appreciate any help you can give!