Shawna Young, a North Carolina native, participated in Duke TIP as a middle-schooler. In 2016, she became Duke TIP's Executive Director. Here, she speaks from the heart about her special connection with Duke TIP, her vision for the organization, and TIP's reliance on support from alumni and the community.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.9 million academically talented students in grades 4–12 since it was founded in 1980. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with our program staff, educators, parents, and the greater gifted community. Our services are designed to augment the efforts of regular schools, not replace them.