The youth of the NAACP Gary ACT-SO program will host their annual Talent Extravaganza Junior Image Awards on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The free event will be held at Indiana University Northwest, Savannah Center, located at 3400 Broadway in Gary. The private reception starts at 3:00 p.m., and doors open to the general public at 4:00 p.m.
“I am inspired by the support that the Northwest Indiana community offers our youth,” said Jeana Payne, NAACP Gary Branch ACT-SO Chairperson. ”When we show up for them, they are motivated to do their best and work even harder to advance to regional and national competitions.”
The Junior Image Awards is a celebration of excellence and achievement, showcasing the accomplishments of young scholars in various categories. The community can expect an evening filled with recognition, unique performances, and a display of diverse talent.
The ACT-SO program is also designed to be a learning experience for participants complete with a mentorship component. Students work with ACT-SO mentors who help them develop their projects throughout the year virtually and in person. Local ACT-SO programs also provide students with enrichment opportunities such as workshops, tutorials and field trips.
“The NAACP Gary ACT-SO program is dedicated to empowering and uplifting the next generation of leaders,” said Steve Mays, NAACP Gary Branch President. “We are honored to once again collaborate with Indiana University Northwest to host the awards event on campus. It represents an opportunity for our youth to be exposed to an environment that emphasizes excellence in higher learning.”
About the NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
ACT-SO was founded in 1978 by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett. The program is intended to provide recognition to young people who could demonstrate academic, scientific, and artistic achievement, allowing young people to gain recognition equal to that often achieved by entertainers and athletes.