Applicants accepted to the Young Scholars program must complete an enrollment process before services can be made available. Details and instructions will be emailed to all accepted Young Scholars. The process requires signatures from all custodial parents agreeing to the policies that govern the Young Scholars program, including a strict confidentiality policy. It also includes confirming contact information, updating schooling information if needed, and registering for the Young Scholars Private Website.
The enrollment document also covers other important matters such as legal releases. The Davidson Institute reserves the right to refuse participation to any applicant if these enrollment requirements are not satisfied. Please contact our office if you need assistance with special circumstances.
NOTE: The use of the term “legal custody” refers to parents/guardians who share legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the child, regardless of any “physical custody” arrangements that control where the child spends time. In general, each parent has legal custody unless that is extinguished by a court order.
Q. What else am I agreeing to by signing the enrollment document?
Please know that by participating in the Young Scholars program, families will be consenting to comply with Davidson Institute policies and procedures, and statutes, regulations and case law of the State of Nevada where the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and maintains its principal offices. The policies and procedures of the Davidson Institute are subject to reasonable revision without notice.
Q. How will the Davidson Institute communicate with me and with any other parent/guardian who has legal custody of the applicant?
Applicants for the Young Scholar program must provide contact information for any person who shares legal custody of the applicant. As noted above, these persons must read and sign the Young Scholar enrollment document. Once enrolled, the Davidson Institute will copy any person who shares legal custody of a Young Scholar on all correspondence, emails and other written communication from the Davidson Institute. Further, Nevada state law (Nevada Revised Statute 125.520) requires that access to records and other information pertaining to a minor child must not be denied to a parent for the reason that such parent is not the child’s custodial parent.
If any parent/guardian with legal custody of the Young Scholar does not wish to receive correspondence, emails or other written communication from the Davidson Institute, that parent/guardian must provide the Davidson Institute with a signed letter (not an email) requesting to be excluded from copies of communications.
If a change in legal custody of a Young Scholar occurs after their enrollment paperwork has been received by the Davidson Institute, we will require legal documentation, satisfactory to us, proving that any applicable rights, for example, rights to access records or rights to make decisions on behalf of the child, have been extinguished before we will alter our communication or other interactions with parent(s)/guardian(s). It is up to the parent(s)/guardian(s) to let us know and provide the appropriate documentation concerning any extinguishment of rights.
Q. What if I am in the middle of a divorce, separation, or custody dispute and want to ask my Family Consultant to write something (for example, to a court) on my behalf?
The Davidson Institute has a policy that prohibits Family Consultants or other staff members from participating in divorce, separation and/or custody cases. Family Consultants may not provide written or verbal commentary on personal character or circumstances in support of any divorce or other legal proceedings.
Q. Will the Davidson Institute reveal the names of the participants with anyone outside the group?
We will not share the names, descriptive information, or photographs of the participants without written consent from the Young Scholar's parents. For more information, please read the Davidson Young Scholars Confidentiality Policy.
Q. What if my child is accepted as a Davidson Young Scholar and the program is not a good match?
Although the vast majority of individuals who access our services find them beneficial, these services are not a "good match" for every family. In these rare cases, the Davidson Institute retains the right to modify or terminate services. Families also may choose to withdraw from the program at any time.
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.
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