The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute is a one-day event that gives high school students the opportunity to present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges.

World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute 4-H Youth Development Michigan State UniversityMay 10, 2018
At two locations:
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
MSU Upper Pensinsula Research and Extension Center - Chatham, MI

The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute (WFP MIYI) is a one day event held at Michigan State University (MSU) where high school youth:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with local experts.
  • Connect with other student leaders from across Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.
  • Interact with global leaders in science, agriculture, industry and policy.
  • Take part in educational sessions and interactive panels at MSU to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences.
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Michigan working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

When and where: May 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants select from two choices of locations for the program: MSU‘s campus in East Lansing or the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

Who: Students who are in grades eight through 12 during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to register by submitting a two to five page paper (see link below).

Cost: There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute. Meals will be provided during the event. Student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2018

Online registation for youth participants and their adult teachers or mentors will begin on February 1, 2018 at

  • Youth Registration - Registration Open from February 1 to April 1, 2018
    (Please note that youth must submit their completed research paper as part of the registration process.)
  • Teacher and Adult Mentor Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018

Paper guidelines: Youth will select a developing country and research one of 20 key factors that affect food security (examples of key factors include plant science, water scarcity, dietary diseases, malnutrition or international trade). Under the supervision of a teacher or mentor, each participant will then write a two-page paper outlining their research findings, as well as an approach/recommendation they develop to overcome the issue. More topic, paper and mentor guidelines can be found through World Food Prize, along with examples of past papers.

At the event: Youth will give a short presentation on their research paper and recommendations. Presentations will be 2 to 3 minutes in length and presented in a round table format so youth can receive feedback on their research from their peers and experts that will be assigned to each group.

Papers will be evaluated by an external university party, prior to WFPMIYI on May 10, 2018. At the event, youth will be scored by the experts in their presentation groups based on their individual presentations. These two factors will be the primary measurement for determining Global Youth Institute candidates.

The top youth will be considered as possible delegates to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, October 2018.

About the Global Youth Institute: Michigan delegates will join over 300 other outstanding high school students and mentors from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.

Accommodation, meal and program expenses at the three day Global Youth Institute event are provided by the World Food Prize Foundation for the selected Michigan youth delegates. Youth will be accompanied to Iowa for this prestigious leadership opportunity by WFPMIYI mentors. Both student and mentor participants must organize and fund their own transportation to and from the event in Iowa, as well as their lodging Wednesday evening prior to the start of the institute. Other than minor costs, this amazing follow-up opportunity to the WFPMYI is fully funded for the top scoring youth.


For more information on how to get involved with the 2018 Michigan Youth Institute, contact:

Brian Wibby, 4-H educator
Phone: (906) 315-2662

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