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Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technology, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Committee

Committee Chair

Bishop Ennis Tait

Committee Co-Chair

Vanessa Y. White, PhD

“It’s an honor to have a hand in inspiring and facilitating the development of tomorrow’s leaders. Our kids deserve both the help and the recognition, and this is the committee that makes it happen.”

To inquire about opportunities to join this committee, contact actso@cincinnatinaacp.com

ACT-SO Committee Charter

With ACT-SO, the NAACP is providing an instrument through which African-American youth are encouraged and inspired toward excellence in academic and cultural pursuits. ACT-SO is a powerful instrument to maximize the support of our local community, treating African-American scholastic and cultural achievement with the same respect that we give to heroes.

We administer academic, cultural, technological, and cultural programs by mobilizing the adult community in Cincinnati. Through these programs, we train, motivate, and reward high school students for excellence in academic and cultural pursuits. This is the local execution of a major program of the national organization, ACT-SO, often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind”. The local competition showcases the students’ hard work and qualifies winners to compete in the National Competition for prizes and scholarship awards.

Working on the ACT-SO Committee

Meetings: We meet on the first Monday of each at 4:30pm by Zoom

Estimated Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

Who We’re Looking For: Passion for mentoring and coaching youth. Acumen for arts and culture, math and science fields, agriculture, and more.

Activities: ACT-SO community members may volunteer as chairpersons, mentors, sponsors, organizers, or educational partners. Schools, local businesses, community organizations, churches, foundations, and major corporations provide critical support to the program.

Benefits of Working with Us: Play a key role in helping our children develop the confidence and Who We’re Looking For to excel in school and in life.

Impact Story:

Last year seven children placed in the local competition making them eligible to compete at the national level. One of our participants received a bronze medal in sculpture in the 2021 competition!!

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