GARLAND- ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program configured to stimulate, improve and enhance academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Devoted and committed community professional volunteers from fields in the sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business support the ACT-SO program. These volunteers serve as mentors and coaches who teach and encourage academic and artistic excellence among African-American students.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, sponsors ACT-SO. ACT-SO receives support from schools, community organizations, churches, foundations, private corporations and individuals. The program is designed for African-American high school students who are citizens of the United States. Student enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and are amateurs in the categories of competition are encouraged to register.
Students must compete in a local ACT-SO program to qualify for the National ACT-SO competition.
The benefits of ACT-SO, above all, is a learning experience, in which scholarships and prizes are awarded. Local winners are awarded certificates and many other prizes. Participants develop new skills and enhance their ability with each ACT-SO pursuit. Local competitions usually take place between March and May. Contestants who win gold medals on the local level qualify to attend the National ACT-SO competition, which takes place in early July at the Annual NAACP Convention. The Garland Branch of NAACP was chartered in July 1984 and has one of the most ethnically diverse Executive Committees in the Association.
For 13 consecutive years the Garland Branch has annually sponsored Freedom Fund Banquet and awarded scholarships to over 50 African-American GISD graduating seniors. ACT-SO annually conduct a Back-to-School/Stay-in-School “EXCEL” award program. “EXCEL” award recognizes GISD elementary (grade 5 and above) and middle school students for academic progress, citizenship and attendance and conduct. Since its inception over ten years ago, more than 4700 students of color have been recognized.
Contact Dr. Joyce Miller- Garland Branch at (972) 381-5044 or your local NAACP branch office for information regarding applications for the program.