What is ACT-SO?
The ACT-SO program is a learning experience, first and foremost. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technology, and Scientific Olympics. It is the program through which we mobilize the adult community to promote, prepare, recognize and reward academic and artistic excellence among high school youth. The benefits ACT-SO students receive from the enrichment and mentorship components include substantial assistance toward the development of their ACT-SO projects and valuable tools to assist them throughout their education.
Specifically, we provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals, develop confidence, and strive to pursue excellence in their field of interest(s) so that ultimately, they become successful contributors to society. The focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is on enrichment and mentorship. Students work with ACT-SO mentors who help them develop projects throughout the year. Local ACT-SO programs also provide ACT-SO students with enrichment opportunities, such as workshops, tutorials, and field trips.
Students who participate in ACT-SO, can compete with other students in up to 3 of 33 categories which include STEM, Business, Humanities, Performing, Visual & Culinary Arts. The local competition serves to showcase the hard work students have put in all year long. ACT-SO students who receive gold medals at the local competition qualify to compete at the National Competition where they can receive scholarships awards and prizes provided by national sponsors.