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.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage
high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The program relies on the dedication and commitment of community and business leaders
who volunteer as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence.
Through this collaborative effort, participating students develop the confidence
and skills needed to excel in school and in life.