ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO, the “Olympics of the Mind,” is a nation-wide program sponsored by the NAACP that encourages high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The 7-month local program features leadership development sessions, 1-on-1 mentorship, and service activities. The DuPage County ACT-SO program culminates with an academic competition and Awards Banquet in March where students present projects developed under the guidance of mentors. The local gold medalists then compete against winners from other cities at the National ACT-SO finals held during the NAACP’s Annual Convention in July. To find out about the 2017 winners, visit: https://www.nctv17.com/news/naperville-now-08-01-17/
DuPage County ACT-SO partners with the community to raise cultural awareness, showcase talents, academic achievements and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop leaders and provide life enrichment opportunities without regard to educational or economic status.
The vision for DuPage County, Illinois ACT-SO will:
- Be the program of choice for African American students
- Send a participant, each year, to compete in all categories at the national level
- Have sufficient resources (human, capital, and physical) to meet program goals
“By creating future leaders in the arts, sciences, and many other disciplines, the ACT-SO program is building upon the success of previous generations by empowering our youth to create a more just society. ” -President Barack Obama
For more information about how you can get involved in DuPage ACT-SO, visit their website.
Thomas Reed, Chapter Co-Chairperson & Student Program Director
Brenda Davis, Marketing & Volunteer Director