ACT-SO Needs

What we could accomplish with greater resources:

NYC ACT-SO is frequently unable to provide support to students proposing technical projects. As an example, it is difficult to secure lab facilities for students competing in the sciences, or video equipment for filmmakers. With greater resources we could address these deficiencies.

NYC ACT-SO would benefit from direct financial funding as well as from in-kind services and volunteer efforts in the following areas:

In-kind Services and Gifts:
  • Printing of ACT-SO promotional materials, stationery, certificates
  • Equipment (DVD/VCR, monitor, cameras, computers)
  • Access to technical facilities for science and visual arts students
  • Orientation receptions for recruiting coaches, judges and other sponsors
Career Development for ACT-SO participants:
  • Summer internships
  • Student symposiums on: college selection, application procedures and securing financial assistance; writing resumes and interviewing; developing confidence, professionalism and other business skills
Volunteers to assist with:
  • Saturday Enrichment Workshops – Coaching and mentoring the students
  • Outreach – “Adopt-a-School” recruiting of students from New York City high schools
  • Judging – Recruiting and judging of student projects (by qualified professionals with appropriate experience and/or educational background)
  • Competition – Setup, registration, category facilitators, lunch coordination and other activities
  • Awards Ceremony – Event Coordination and planning and general production activities
  • Media – Collaboration throughout the program year to expand student outreach, community involvement and public awareness