ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1978, by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through which African-American youth 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 African-Americans can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and abroad. The mission of ACT-SO is to prepare, recognize and reward African-American youth who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.


The ACT-SO Goals

1. To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic  excellence among African-American youth.

2. To recognize academic and talent achievement among African-American students. 

3. To provide and assist African-American students with the necessary skill tools to establish  goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.


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NAACP membership makes a positive difference in the lives of Americans, and provides an opportunity to become an important part of a network of hundreds of thousands of member advocates. Join Unit 2106 today!