Now more than ever it is clear that it is going to take an entire village to educate a child. We recognize your hard work and dedication to motivate our students toward a higher level of learning and we are committed to becoming a part of your team.
The NAACP’s ACT-SO Program was developed to enhance and showcase the academic and artistic achievement of African-American high school students just as we do their athletic achievements. Since 1978, the NAACP ACT-SO has:
- Challenged students to excel and consistently put a spotlight on their efforts and successes
- Raised the standard of excellence and expectation among our youth
- Promoted a climate of academic and artistic development
- Mobilized the adult community to serve as mentors and coaches for students
How You Can Help
ACT-SO Columbia prides itself as an all volunteer program comparable to a an autonomous local grassroots organization. As such, we rely almost completely on local funding and support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Here are some things you can do to assist us:
- Let students know about ACT-SO Columbia by encouraging them to visiting our website and social media. Then encourage them to submit an Online Application.
- Encourage adults who are experienced professionals in any one of our 31 competition categories to sign up as a mentor.
- Encourage adults who are experienced professionals in any one of our 31 competition categories to sign up as a judge for the local competition (to be held in April 2017).
- Encourage adults to become a generic volunteer. We need help with:
- Fundraising and Grant Writing
- Recruiting (Stdents, Volunteers, Mentors and Judges)
- The Local Competition
- Awards Ceremony
- Jr. ACT-SO (our new mentoring program for middle school students)
- In-Kind Service Gifts & Donations
- Printing of ACT-SO materials for students
- Equipment (music & mp3 players, cd players, projector, laptops)
- Snack for students during our weekly mentoring sessions
- Food donations for our competition, awards ceremony and volunteer reception,
- For more information on donating money, click here.
- Career Development & Summer Internships for ACT-SO participants
If you are interested in helping in any one of the areas identified above, please Contact Us today! We’d love to speak with you!