Apr 24, 2007    #067
Contact: Noemi Rojas, UMKC public relations
(816) 235-1520

UMKC backs local NAACP youth competition

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Office of Community and Public Affairs is a major partner and sponsor for this year’s Kansas City NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) and awards ceremony.

The competition is scheduled to take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28th at MCC-Penn Valley in the Science and Technology Building, 3201 SW Trafficway. The performing arts portion of the competition, from noon to 5 p.m., is open to the public. Judges at the competition will include UMKC faculty and staff.

The awards reception is from 2–4 p.m. April 29th on UMKC’s campus in room 106 of University Center, 5000 Holmes. The reception is closed to the public.

UMKC recently became a lifetime member of the NAACP and this initiative is just one of many ways the university can be an active and engaged member. UMKC’s Office of Community and Public Affairs plans to support ACT-SO annually through assistance with planning efforts and financial support.

ACT-SO is a major NAACP youth initiative for African-American students grades 9-12. A year-long enrichment program, ACT-SO is designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts. ACT-SO programs culminate in national finals at the NAACP convention each summer.

“The NAACP ACT-SO program has gained national recognition for stimulating academic excellence in students of color,” Stancia Jenkins, assistant Vice Chancellor for Community and Public Affairs, said. “UMKC is honored to be a participant.”

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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