The mission of Programs for Talented Youth is to develop talent in gifted students and those who work with them. Therefore we focus our area of study on the factors that impact the development of talent across the lifespan and how participation in extra-curricular accelerated academic programs impact student performance both socially and academically. PTY programs are designed and implemented with the latest research in gifted education in mind. We also contribute to the shared knowledge within the academic field through publications and research. Student evaluation data by program are also collected and analyzed as part of our ongoing program improvement process.