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 Jr. ACT-SO



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 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.

    Program Benefits

    • A quality 7-month program that includes student enrichment sessions and parent meetings.
    • Two orientation meetings to prepare students and parents for the Jr. 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

    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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