ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.
ACT-SO is rooted in the firm conviction that all students can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and abroad.
Once local competitions are held, the gold medalists (those with scores between 95-100 in their category) are invited to compete on a national level. The National Competition, held annually in July in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention, is the ACT-SO culminating event.
NAACP Dane County ACT-SO 2021 Orientation/Kick-off* (Until the Coronavirus Pandemic is under control, ACT-SO meetings and workshops will be held virtually.) Date: December 19, 2020 at 2pm
Application Deadline: January 16, 2021
Dane County ACT-SO 2021 Local Competition Date: April 17, 2021
Dane County ACT-SO 2021 Competition Awards Ceremony Date: April 25, 2021
43rd Annual National ACT-SO Competition Date & Location: July 6 - 14, 2021 (Virtual or In-Person TBD) Local activities culminate with National Competition and Awards Ceremony
ACT-SO is a community-based program that provides multiple opportunities for involvement. Community members may participate as: Chairpersons, mentors, sponsors, organizers, competitors, benefactors, educational partners, etc. The program receives support from schools, local businesses, community organizations, churches, foundations, major corporations and individuals.
Students can select up to three (3) categories of competition from a total of 32 offerings.
For more information: Contact: Frances Huntley-Cooper NAACP Dane County ACT-SO Committee Chair Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 608-571-4351