The program is an extension of the DuPage County high school ACT-SO Program.
The program provides a platform for 6th – 8th grade students of African descent to improve their analytical, problem-solving, and STEM-related competencies while building their social, presentation and teamwork skills.
The knowledge gained from the program will better prepare the students for participation in the high school ACT-SO program and to maximize their middle school / high school educational experience.
Students will work in teams to identify a problem that falls into one of the following three categories: Environmental, Industrial and Societal.
Students will be assigned to teams after the October Orientation, Registration and Enrichment meeting.
Instructors are assigned to guide students in completing their team projects during Monthly Enrichment Meetings.
Parent and student must attend 1 of the 2 orientation meetings on Sept. 21st or Oct. 5th at Glenbard South High School (2:00 pm-5:00 pm).
Enrichment Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at Glenbard South High School in Room 308 from (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm).
Students are expected to attend all Monthly Enrichment Meetings (must be present for a minimum of seven (7) Monthly Enrichment Meetings).
Team members will work together to create a solution for the problem selected by the team. The solution will include a Website, Abstract Report and PowerPoint Presentation.
A quality 7-month program that includes student enrichment sessions and parent meetings.
Two orientation meetings to prepare students and parents for theJr. ACT-SO experience.
A community service volunteer project.
A 1-day retreat on the MLK Holiday, including meals.
A combined Jr. ACT-SO/ ACT-SO recreational outing.
A well-organized, high-quality local competition.
Professionals in the business or education field serve Instructional volunteers.
Jr. ACT-SO Team Competition held on March 7, 2020
Qualified, professional judges for the competition.
A festive Annual Awards Banquet (free entry for competitors).
Gold and silver medals for the 1st and 2nd place competition teams.
Each contestant receives a distinguished Certificate of Participation at the Awards Banquet, suitable for inclusion in student portfolios.
One souvenir program book including student photos, bios, ads, documentation of program experiences, and more.
Fundraising to support quality programming to minimize expense to families.
ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth
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.