Top Ten Videos to watch

Hillary Clinton Meets With DC Mayor And DC Representative At Coffee Shop
crime scene
Vote
Studio Portrait of Two Young Women Back to Back, One With a Tattoo
Mamie Till and Emmett Till
GOP Redistricting Plot To Unseat Rep. Corrine Brown Exposed
Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting
'Keep the Vote Alive!' March Commemorates Civil Rights Act
White man shooting
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
HS Football
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
Police Line
US-POLITICS-OBAMA
2016 Republican National Convention
44th NAACP Image Awards - Show
MD Primary
Premiere Of OWN's 'Queen Sugar' - Arrivals
Democratic National Convention
US-VOTE-REPUBLICANS-TRUMP
Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers
US-POLICE-RACISM-UNREST
Protesters Demonstrate Against Donald Trump's Visit To Flint Michigan
President Obama Speaks On The Economy In Brady Press Briefing Room
Lil Wayne
Construction Continues On The National Museum of African American History To Open In 2016
Preacher Preaching the Gospel
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Miami Dolphins v Seattle Seahawks
US-VOTE-DEMOCRATS-CONVENTION
Leave a comment

o-STUDENT-READING-facebook
UPDATED on September 9,2014 –

Over the years, helping African-American youths achieve academic excellence has been challenging. For example, while the National Center for Education Statistics reported this year that graduation rates have increased nationally, only 69 percent of Black students graduate high school. This past July 19-23, the NAACP hosted its 105th annual convention in Las Vegas. The event, which draws about 10,000 people each year, discusses ways of empowering Black communities across the country and holds its Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) awards for the youth.

ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program focused on helping African-American high school students reach academic excellence and personal development through mentorship with support from local businesses, organizations, and leaders.

Each year, students apply to join and develop a proposed project classified under one of 26 categories in the sciences, business, and culture. During the school year, local workshops are held in each state, where these youth get the opportunity to develop their project under the guidance of a working professional in that expertise.

The best projects from the local workshops are then selected to compete with students from other participating states. At the “Olympics of the Mind,” students present their projects to NAACP convention attendees and are awarded for their efforts.

ACT-SO was founded by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett in order to promote and reward academic achievers the same way sports heroes are honored. The first national ACT-SO competition was held in 1978 in Portland Oregon.

A list of the 2014 ACT-SO Medalists is here, on NAACPConnect.

SEE ALSO: 22 Illustrious HBCU Alums [PHOTOS]

 

Also On News One:
comments – Add Yours