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.
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
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.