Recognizing creative talent and academic achievement.

Youth program nurturing the passion and skills of high school students in STEM, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, and Academics.

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Afro-Academic, Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics 

ACT-SO – a youth program under the administrative guidance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students.

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ACT-SO was founded in 1977 to recognize and reward African-American high school students.  Today, ACT-SO welcomes and celebrates students from all racial backgrounds and ethnicities.

“It is our greatest desire to help you prepare for personal, professional, and financial success.”

Thessela White

ACT-SO State Chair

Thessela White
ACT-SO State Chair
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