ACT-SO Creative Writing Workshop

12pm – 2pm November 30, 2019

ACT-SO Creative Writing Workshop

ACT-SO is hosting a unique crash course designed to challenge your thought process and make writer’s block a thing of the past. Though our scholarship program targets African-American high school students, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us!

ACT-SO is hosting a unique crash course designed to challenge your thought process and make writer’s block a thing of the past. Though our scholarship program targets African-American high school students, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us! Don’t worry about materials; all supplies will be provided and distributed after a quick lunch to start off the class.

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April 4th, 2020

Watch: ACT-SO Visits Black Xpression

Every month ACTSO participates in an enrichment activity. On October 25th, we went to the open mic night Black Xpression. Our ACT-SO competitor Eryn brought down the house.

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ACT-SO Xpresses its Blackness

8pm – 10pm October 25, 2019

Join the ACT-SO crew with a visit to Black Xpression, an open mic opportunity that appeals to the Black Community. With ACT-SO we have seen the works of various teen artists to include poets, singers, musicians and more. We invite you all to uplift our competitors that are brave enough to perform their work at this venue!

Student attendees will receive $5 credit toward food purchased at the event.

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ACT-SO Visits the San Diego Art Institute

12pm – 2pm September 28, 2019

FORGING TERRITORIES features African-American and Latinx members of the LGBTQ community pioneering in a frequently inhospitable land.  It presents artists engaged in cultural storytelling that describes themselves, their friends, and their environments in striking visual ways.

The NAACP had its national convention July this year and unanimously passed three separate resolutions expressing support for and solidarity with LGBTQ Americans. This tour not only offers the opportunity for us to put these resolutions into action but it also provides a unique experience for creative students to find new inspiration for future artwork.

Space is limited; reserve your spot now.

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Watch: ACT-SO Visits Casa del Rey Moro

Every month ACTSO participates in an enrichment activity. On August 30th, we sponsored a tour of the African Museum in Old Town.

Our next adventure will be September 28th, when we’ll be visiting the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.

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Setting ACT-SO 2019-2020 in Motion!

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.

ACT-SO Student Observer Program

We’re excited to announce our ACT-SO National Student Observer Program!

As you know, students who win Gold at our Showcase in April get a free ride to ACT-SO National in Boston.  This year we’re looking to bring along up to three more students to accompany our Gold winners.

Student observers will get a chance to travel to Boston with ACT-SO, meet other ACT-SO competitors from across the country, and see what competition at National is like.  We’ll pay their way and make sure they’re safe and have a good time.

How do students earn the chance to go?  By participating in ACT-SO and NAACP events, and by competing in the local Showcase–even if they don’t win it all!  We’ll be rolling out the details soon, but we want you to know that every ACT-SO and NAACP San Diego Branch Event you attend increases your chances to travel to Boston next July!

ACT-SO Revisits Casa del Rey Moro

Instructions for attendees of our 2019 visit to the African Museum in Old Town

4:30 PM: We will meet in Washington Square, near the big flagpole:

Renita and/or Steve will be there to check you in, wearing their orange “I am ACT-SO” nametags.

Each group will be assigned a group leader; please cooperate with your group leader.

5:00pm: We will head over to the museum for the tour!

6:00pm: Dinner will be served in Washington Square.

7:00pm: There will be a drawing for a $15 movie gift card. In order to be eligible to win, you must complete at least half the questions on the Casa del Rey Moro Study Guide. We will be spot-checking the answers, so don’t just write “Banana” on every one!

Watch: ACT-SO at B2S

ACT-SO tabled at the NAACP San Diego Branch’s 2019 Back-to-School Stay-in-School Rally and Fair. We had the assistance of Eastlake High’s Young Black Leaders of Excellence, and we had a great time.