For over a century, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Branch of the NAACP
has been promoting the dream of equality and opportunity for all.
Looking for an after school program where you can explore your passion and share your talents?
Are you a student in 9-12th grade interested in showcasing your singing, design, or writing talents? Do you know a student who does?
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among African-American and Hispanic students. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition. For more information on specific categories CLICK HERE.
ACT-SO recruits students annually and conducts annual Academic Olympic competitions for students in grades 9th - 12th in NAACP Branches throughout the country. First place local winners then compete with youth from other cities at the National ACT-SO finals held during our National Convention.
To learn more about the program and the specific categories and application process email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Workshop and Competition Dates:
February 15, 2018
Seattle youth on the rise for Black Lives Matter
At Garfield High School, it was student Jelani Howard who led the football team in kneeling during the national anthem. At Rainier Beach High School, student Elijah Lewis is part of a new local Youth Coalition for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to “unite anti-racist groups across Seattle to demand a seat at the table.”...“I’m a young activist that is actively fighting for my community, by speaking out and informing others to become young leaders,” he said in a recent post. “My plan is to reverse some of the negative effects of gentrification, and speak for those who are silent. The time is now to stand on what you believe in.”
February 5, 2018
Seattle High School Students of Color Demand Their Voices Be Heard
Dysart strode up to the podium as a few other NAACP Youth Coalition members gathered behind her holding handmade Black Lives Matter posters. “Taking the initiative to endorse the Black Lives Matter resolution is a great start to supporting students of color,” Dysart, a half-black and half-white 17-year-old, said as she tucked her curly hair behind one ear. Pausing for a breath, she continued, “But I must emphasize it is only a start.”
January 15, 2018
President Trump: The specter hanging over Seattle's MLK Rally
“We are tired of police killing our people in the streets,” said Gerald Hankerson, the president of the Seattle King County chapter of the NAACP.
Seattle Takes a Knee On Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Hankerson fired up the crowd by asking what had changed since MLK's death for black people in Seattle. The housing affordability crisis, he said, is driving black families out of the city, making Seattle and King County just a place for the wealthy.
November 3, 2017
As Seattle Takes Big Steps Towards Police Reform, Some Activists of Color Remain Wary
In the eyes of many members of communities of color, police brutality has persisted, says KL Shannon, the Police Accountability Chair for the Seattle/King County NAACP. She says any efforts to improve relations were “thrown out the window after the murder of Charleena Lyles and Che Taylor.”
The NAACP still receives “a number of calls” from community members complaining about police brutality, Shannon says, although she’s unsure if the total number of complaints has changed at all since the implementation of the consent decree.
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Mural in West Seattle featuring NAACP ACT-SO participant Mahala Provost! Way to go, Mahala, we're so proud of you! Thanks to the artist who painted this brilliant piece.
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