Each summer we hire a group of energetic and responsible college students as program assistants or “PAs” to live alongside participants while providing care and supervision. We actively seek out successful young adults who are committed to our shared mission of providing participants with a fun, engaging summer program experience in a setting that fosters independence and growth. In many cases we have the advantage of hiring Davidson Academy chaperones who are very familiar with working directly with profoundly gifted youth on a daily basis. After getting to know our seasonal team members through the interview process, PAs are thoughtfully matched with a group of participants whom they accompany throughout the week and attend the academic courses in an effort to create a close-knit community.
Seasonal staff bios coming spring 2020
We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of year-round staff members to plan and implement a memorable summer experience. We are proud members of the American Camp Association and participate in yearly summer program conferences, training, and program development events to continually improve the summer programs we offer. Leadership staff members are on-site daily and are primarily responsible for program and staff management, as well as facilitating parent communication.
Brianna’s nurturing and caring personality can be seen within seconds of meeting her. She has a great passion for creating meaningful connections—she loves knowing she was able to make a difference in someone's life. Her interest in working with youth grew when she decided to study Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno with an emphasis in youth and adolescent development. Brianna completed an internship with Reno-Sparks Young Life, working with a handful of middle school and high schools, here in Reno. Working with Young Life gave Brianna the opportunity to gain the necessary hands-on experience when working with a larger, diverse community. A big part of that experience was showing youth how much we truly care about them and their needs. Brianna believes in meeting kids where they are at and that being present in their lives has great power. Brianna is excited to combine her passion for working with youth and previous experience as a camp counselor to Davidson summer programs. In her free time Brianna enjoys traveling and exploring around the Reno Tahoe Area with her boyfriend and spending time with her family and friends.
Kayla’s passion for working with children and their families
can be traced back to her upbringing. Whether it was spending her summer before
college as a preschool summer camp teacher or providing hours of fun and care
as a nanny, she has been involved with youth development from the
earning her degree in Human Development and Family Studies, she was drawn to
the mission of the Davidson Institute and the families it serves. Kayla began
her career at Davidson as a family consultant through the Young Scholars
program, and through that experience she quickly learned of the countless
benefits summer programs provided gifted students. Since then, she joined the
summer team and found her niche in developing youth summer programs. Taking her
own experience as a camper with her, she is motivated to create experiences for
students to grow, make lasting memories, and simply have fun! Kayla’s favorite
part of each summer is seeing the friendships formed and making genuine,
lasting connections with families. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the
numerous fun events Northern Nevada provides and spending time with her family.
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Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.