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The third annual Coraopolis ACT-SO program was held at Robert Morris University
April 6, 2024 10:30am - 2:30pm

What is ACT-SO?


ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its mission is to recognize, prepare, and reward African-American youth who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

ACT-SO aims to:

  • Recognize creative talent and academic achievement in the next generation of leaders.

  • Provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

  • Mobilize adults to promote academic and artistic excellence.


ACT-SO includes 33 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Over 350,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.


ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program for high school students of African descent which culminates in a competition through which youth demonstrate prowess in science, humanities, performing and visual arts, and entrepreneurship.

Who's Eligible to Participate in ACT-SO?


To participate in ACT-SO you must be:

  • Of African American descent.

  • A citizen of the United States or hold a permanent resident visa card.

  • Enrolled in grades 9-12 at the time of application.

  • Must be an amateur (having not received wages for professional services) in the categories of competition.


Gold Medal Winners from the local competitions are eligible to compete at the National Competition that is held every July in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention.

For more information about how to get involved,  please Click Here to contact the ACT-SO Committee

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