The NAACP National ACT-SO Director is responsible for establishing and facilitating local competition and coordinating national ACT-SO competition.

NAACP National Headquarters, ACT-SO
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215-3297
Phone: (410) 358-8900

Larry Brown, Jr.
National ACT-SO Director


The local NAACP ACT-SO Committee is responsible for conducting the local competition. Their responsibilities include: Conducting planning meetings, recruiting sponsors and other community support; recruiting students and mentors in the fall; assisting coaches and students in the development of projects that are competitive and will benefit our youth; selecting qualified judges for the local competition; organizing the local competition event; and overseeing the winner's submission to and participation in the national competition. If you are interested in volunteering on the local Houston ACT-SO committee, you may contact the local NAACP branch at the address and phone number shown below.


Coaches may be teachers, parents, university professors, professionals, or any person with expertise in one of the competition areas listed in these guidelines. Coaches need to be willing to devote at least one hour per week to guiding, advising and supporting their student's efforts.


Judges are degreed professionals or employed professionals in the category that they are judging. Judges are responsible for selecting the best among the submissions in accordance with the judging criteria outlined in these guidelines. Local judges may not serve as judges in the National Competition.


Students are, of course, the very heart of ACT-SO. They must strictly follow the criteria explained in these guidelines. Every participant is encouraged to become an NAACP youth member.


Sponsors provide financial and equipment resources, as well human resources to lend technical expertise during the local and national competitions.