ACT-SO (NCAACP youth initiative)

Applications are due by January 10, 2014

NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics program.

ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. 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.


There is a Student Orientation for those accepted on January 25, 2014

· This is a national competition, with 27 competition categories’ including the Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Business.

· Each students can compete in UP TO THREE AREAS

· Past ACT-SO participants include actors Anthony Anderson and Jada Pinkett-Smith, film makes John Singleton and recording artist Kanye West

Who is eligible?
Students of African descent ,who are US citizens, enrolled in grades 9-12, amateurs in their categories’ of competition.

What are the benefits of participation?

  • The learning experience, enrichment, mentoring, opportunities to connect with leaders in the community
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • The chance to compete at the national level in Las Vegas