ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific "Olympics of the Mind") is a major youth initiative of the NAACP. Founded in 1978, by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO provides a forum through with African American youth demonstrate academic, artistic, and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for professional entertainers and athletes.



The overall goal of the NAACP National Education Department is to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating all education related racial and ethnic disparities.



The Maryland NAACP Youth & College Division members are the premier youth leaders and advocates for civil rights in their communities.