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Who We Are
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins, CTY contributes to the university’s mission by preparing and nurturing the bright young people who will go on to make significant contributions to our world.
CTY’s roots extend back to our 1979 founding, and even before, to Johns Hopkins psychologist Julian Stanley’s pioneering work with academically advanced middle schoolers. His work put the spotlight on exceptionally bright young people and their capacity and enthusiasm for academic challenges matched to their advanced abilities.
Today, CTY is a nonprofit center that identifies young people of great academic promise through our annual Talent Search, then nurtures their intellect and personal growth through gifted and talented Summer Programs, Online Programs courses, and other services and resources. A former CTY student started Facebook. Another co-founded Google. Self-described ‘CTYers’ routinely compete in the ranks of top national academic competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search competition and Rhodes Scholar awards.
CTY’s broader mission is to be a national voice that supports and encourages academic talent and achievement; to help in locating and nurturing talent from all neighborhoods and nations; and to engage in, and communicate, meaningful research to advance the understanding of teaching the world’s most capable young people.