COMING SOON: THE VIRTUAL 2021 SEASON
As we continue to follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State leaders we have decided to have a Virtual 2021 season.
On behalf of the Executive Committee and members of the NYC ACT-SO we are looking forward to working with future scholars and volunteers for the 2021 season.
Thank you for your commitment and understanding during this extraordinary time.
“ACT-SO can become one of the best youth programs in the city”
First Vice President
Rev. Dr. Agnes Blackmon
Second Vice President
High School students prepare in up to three of 29 offerings after school during the school year. The program culminates with the “Olympics of the Mind” competition and awards ceremony which give the students an opportunity to showcase their projects and to be recognized for their achievements.
Earth and Space Sciences
Medicine and Health
Dance – Ballet
Dance – Contemporary
Dance – Modern
Dance – Traditional
Music Instrumental – Classical
Music Instrumental – Contemporary
Music Vocal – Classical
Music Vocal – Contemporary
Poetry – performance
Poetry – written
What is ACT-SO?
ACT-SO – the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a youth program under the administrative aegis 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.
Hall of Fame
National ACT-SO Hall of Fame
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 can demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.