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Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Establishes Program in Greece

May 16, 2013
Contact: Liz Kidder
Goodman Media International for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
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Maria Blackburn
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation today announced a significant new grant to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for the creation of the first center in Greece to provide academically gifted students with the opportunity to attend advanced educational programs. The establishment and operation of CTY Greece is part of the foundation’s effort to help relieve some of the dire consequences stemming from the financial crisis in Greece.

The foundation’s $130,000 grant will allow the Center for Talented Youth in collaboration with Anatolia American College to start the CTY in Thessaloniki. The center, which will offer programs for bright students throughout Greece and Southeastern Europe, will welcome its first students in the summer of 2014.

“Education is a central axis of the foundation’s actions and initiatives, which recognizes that supporting this area responds to people’s constant need for development and, therefore, promotes social development,” said John Zervakis, co-chief operating officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “In view of the above, the operation of CTY Greece, through the foundation’s grant, recognizes the particular learning needs of the country’s talented students and provides them with innovate teaching infrastructures, new possibilities for personal and intellectual development, and hope for a better future.”

Panos Vlachos, president of the Anatolia American College, echoed that sentiment. “The benefits of this strategic collaboration for society are multiple, Vlachos said. “Through the creation of CTY Greece at the Anatolia College we will now be able to identify talented youth from all over Greece and provide them with the opportunity, through this program, to cultivate their talents, while also giving them the chance to join a wider network of other like-minded young people.”

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s grant guarantees both the immediate and comprehensive operation of CTY Greece, providing students needing financial help the opportunity to attend classes through a number of scholarships. The Center for Talented Youth in Greece will identify and offer academically advanced students, ages 7 to 18, comprehensive summer, online, and weekend programs. The center’s programs feature challenging coursework, innovative teaching methods, and new academic experiences designed to foster intellectual development and a love of learning.

CTY’s fundamental mission is to become a global voice, supporting and encouraging the academic ability of talented youth in Greece, while contributing actively towards their education and intellectual development,” said Simeon Brodsky, director of CTY International.

In order to provide an introductory look at CTY, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is also offering full scholarships to 10 students ages 13 to 16 years old from Greece to participate in this year’s CTY summer programs held at sites at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, or in Dublin, Ireland from July 14 to August 2. Participating students will be selected by CTY.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional pre-university students and supporting their growth by providing them with courses and other services and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. The center, which has reached more than 500,000 students since its founding in 1979, is an incubator of ideas and innovation for the United States and beyond.

The center enrolls international students from 120 countries in summer and online programs and partners with countries from around the world whose leaders seek to develop educational strategies to improve the creativity and innovation of their future citizens. Over the last decade, CTY has worked with countries in regions ranging from Central and Southeast Asia to Central and Southern Europe and from the Middle East and North Africa to the Balkans.

About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org) is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. The foundation funds organizations and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and that have the potential to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact. The foundation also seeks to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.

Since 1996, the foundation has approved grant commitments of $1.36 billion through 2,470 grants to nonprofit organizations in 109 nations. Excluding the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, the foundation’s grant funding is equally divided between Greece and other international countries.

In response to the continuing socio-economic crisis in Greece, the foundation announced in January 2012 a grant initiative of $130 million over three years to help ease the adverse effects of the deepening crisis. Since then, and as part of the initiative, the foundation has committed grants totaling $75 million in support of numerous not-for-profit organizations around the country, and is in the process of assessing additional grants.

The foundation’s largest single gift $796 million was to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The foundation firmly believes that the project is of national importance, even more so under the current socio-economic conditions. It remains a testament and a commitment to the country’s future, at a critical historical juncture. It is also an engine of short- to mid-term economic stimulus, which is essential under the current circumstances.

About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY (cty.jhu.edu) is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with courses, services, and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY “one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment.”

About the Anatolia College

The Anatolia American College is a not-for-profit organization with a long history and contributions at all educational levels. It was founded in 1886 in Merzifon in Pontus (modern-day Turkey), and relocated to Thessaloniki in 1924. Known for excellence, innovative educational activities, high quality teaching, a liberal spirit and social contribution, the Anatolia College has established itself as a nationally and internationally recognized educational center.


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