The mission of the DuPage County ACT-SO program is to nurture excellence and provide positive reinforcement to African American high school students.

We will partner with the community to raise cultural awareness, showcase talents, academic achievements and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop leaders and provide life enrichment opportunities without regard to educational or economic status. 


DuPage County, Illinois ACT-SO will:

·       Be the program of choice for African American students.

·       Send a participant, each year, to compete in all categories at the national level.

·       Have sufficient resources (human, capital, and physical) to meet program goals.

What are the Benefits in Participating in ACT-SO?

The ACT-SO program is intended to be a learning experience, first and foremost. The focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is on enrichment and mentorship. Students work with mentors who help them develop projects throughout the year. Local ACT-SO programs also provide ACT-SO students with enrichment opportunities, such as workshops, tutorials, and field trips.

Benefits ACT-SO students receive from the enrichment and mentorship components include substantial assistance toward the development of their ACT-SO projects and valuable tools to assist them throughout their education.

The local competition serves to showcase the hard work students have put in all year long. Students receive medals and prizes provided by sponsors of and contributors to the local program. ACT-SO Students who receive gold medals on the local level receive cash awards and are eligible to compete at the National Competition which is held in a different state each year.

ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth

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