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

ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The program was 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.

Participating students work throughout the program to prepare their essays, written and spoken word pieces, music and dance performances, and compete in local and state competitions, culminating in competition at the annual NAACP National Convention.

If you would like to support the ACT-SO Program, please get in touch with the branch via email, phone, or come to a Membership meeting.