Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
For over forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.
BALTIMORE, MD (January 26, 2020)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is pleased to announce that over the next three years, Google.org will provide a $3M grant and enable volunteering support to help scale the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). This program gives Black high school students –– over 300,000 to date –– a platform to bring their ideas to life, compete, and begin their journey to becoming leaders in STEM, humanities, business, and the arts.
“ACT-SO is a celebration of black excellence,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “This funding and volunteer support will help our outstanding youth, who exemplify scholastic and artistic achievement, to continue to pursue their passions free from limitations. We are excited to continue this tradition and ensure all of our students have access to mentorship in STEAM careers.”
A 30-second spot will highlight ACT-SO’s commitment to investing in the next generation of leaders who will have their own chance to make history.