ACT-SO: Today’s Youth….Tomorrow’s Legends.

ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett,


ACT-SO provides a forum through which African-American youth can demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.

ACT-SO is a year-long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders who serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 26 categories of competition in the Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Entrepreneurship.

If you would like to support the ACT-SO Program, please download the brochure from the link below which includes a donation form.