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. It is open to all high school students no matter their race.
ACT-SO includes 29 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual, and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception.
For over forty-four years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.
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.
What are the Qualifications for Participating in ACT-SO?
- High school students, who are citizens of the United States, enrolled in grades 9-12 and are amateurs in the categories of competition are able to participate.
- Student Interest Areas
What are the benefits of participating in ACT-SO?
- One-of-a-kind learning through a wide range of enrichment opportunities including workshops, tutorials, and field trips.
- Mentorship and assistance toward the development of their ACT-SO project(s).
- A group experience with others who are committed to excellence and new friendships.
- Learn how to present themselves as well as their talents in a professional manner.
- Local recognition for their achievements via media outlets.
- The opportunity to compete at the National Competition at which they can receive rewards, national recognition, workshops to further enhance their development, and other rewards.
ACT-SO Collier County
The NAACP Collier County ACT-SO mission is to nurture excellence and provide positive reinforcement to African American High School Students.
We will partner with the community and the Collier County School System to raise cultural awareness, showcase talent, academic achievement, and entrepreneurial skills in all categories as well as develop leaders and provide life enrichment opportunities without regard to economic or educational status.
Our vision in Collier County FL
- ACT-SO will be the premier program of choice for African American students.
- Send 2-4 participants each year to compete nationally.
- Have sufficient resources to meet the local and national ACT-SO program needs
All interested participants can contact the NAACP Collier County ACT-SO
Co-Chair Rhonda Burns at 239-867-7787 or
Co-Chair Keddreck Toussaint at 239-682-4227