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Program Overview

  • 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 of 6 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 September Orientation, Registration and Enrichment meeting.
  • A Coach and Technical mentor is assigned to each team to assist with instruction and guidance during Monthly Enrichment Meetings.
  • Students are expected to attend all Monthly Enrichment Meetings. Students must attend a minimum of seven Monthly Enrichment Meetings.
    • Enrichment Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at Glenbard South High School in Room 308 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Team members will work together to create a solution for the problem selected by the team. The solution will include a Web Page, Abstract Report and PowerPoint Presentation.

Program Benefits

  • A quality 7-month program that includes student enrichment sessions and parent meetings.
  • At least three Orientation Sessions to prepare students and parents for the Jr. ACT-SO experience.
    • Parent and student must attend 1 of the 3 Orientation Meetings.
  • A community service volunteer project.
  • A 1-day retreat on the MLK Holiday, including meals.
  • A well-organized, high quality local competition.
  • Professionals in the business or education field serve as Coach or Technical Mentor volunteers.
  • Qualified, professional judges for the competition.
  • A festive Annual Awards Banquet where team medalists are revealed (free entry for competitors).
  • Medals and associated prize money for gold, silver, and bronze team medalists.
  • Each contestant receives a distinguished Certificate of Participation at the Awards Banquet, suitable for inclusion in student portfolios.
  • One souvenir program book or yearbook to each contestant, including student photos, bios, ads, documentation of program experiences, and more.
  • A special outing for local gold medalist team.
  • Fundraising to support quality programming to minimize expense to families.
  • Jr. ACT-SO Team Competition held March 4, 2017

ACT-SO Expanding The Minds Of Our Youth

Sponsored by DuPage County Branch-NAACP, College of DuPage and DuPage Regional Office of Education

College of DuPage 
1223 Rickert Dr. 
Naperville, IL 60540 
(331) 462-2876 or  (331) 46ACTSO

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