The mission of NAACP New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics (NAACP NYC ACT-SO) is to overcome the vicious cycle of low scholastic expectations and achievement that plagues Black underserved minority youth throughout New York City; to strengthen Black high school students’ academic skills and inspire the confidence they will need to succeed as adults; and, to offer individualized academic mentorship and diverse enrichment activities, of which there is short supply in the New York City public high schools.
Each contestant must:
- be of African descent.
- be a high school student enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
- be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
- be an individual who has demonstrated a genuine interest in one of the 28 categories.
- submit a separate project, one contestant per category per city (a contestant may enter up to three (3) categories of competition.
- be of amateur status–never having never having performed as a professional in any categories of competition.
- conform to the guideline requirements as dictated by the category(s) chosen.
- submit to his/her local NAACP chapter;
- final application.
- a 1 to 2 page, typed biography (double-spaced).
Students who compete in the local and national ACT-SO competition can compete in up to three (3) of the following categories:
Dance – NEW CATEGORIES AVAILABLE
Culinary Arts (*NYC does not participate in this category)
For more information and specific questions, please contact the Brooklyn Branch ACT-SO advisor Rev Agnes Blackmon at firstname.lastname@example.org