2020 World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute

May 7, 2020 9:00AM - 4:00PM

MSU Business College Complex, 632 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI 48824

Contact: Brian Wibby , Debra Barrett

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The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute is an experience where youth (grades 8-12) explore critical global challenges and exciting ways to make a difference here, and around the world!

The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute (WFPMIYI) is a one-day event where youth in grades 8-12:

  • 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 interactive immersion experience sessions to explore current research and issues related to food and food security.
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Michigan working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security here, and around the world.

When and where: May 7, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

Who: Students who are in grades 8 through 12 during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to register by submitting a two to five page paper (see link below).

Cost: The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute is a Michigan State University pre-college program that is coordinated by Michigan 4-H, and supported through a partnership with Michigan FFA, and other partners. Youth who are currently registered as members of Michigan 4-H and/or Michigan FFA are able to participate in the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute without having to pay any required fees.  

All youth who register for the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute must also complete enrollment in Michigan 4-H by April 15, 2020 and (except for Michigan FFA and current 4-H members) must also pay a $20.00 Michigan 4-H Participation Fee, in order to attend the program. 

Michigan 4-H is committed to ensuring that there are no financial barriers for any youth who would like to participate in the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute. Students who not able to pay the $20 4-H Participation Fee are able to receive a scholarship to cover the entire fee. All youth who are in need will be covered upon submission of a scholarship request, which is included in the WFPMIYI registration process.

Student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event. Lunch and transportation to and from field trip immersion experiences during the event will be provided for all participants.

Registration deadlines:

  • Youth Registration - Deadline: April 1, 2020
    (Please note that youth must submit their completed research paper as part of the registration process.)
  • Teacher and Adult Mentor Registrations - April 1, 2019
  • Michigan 4-H Enrollment (for non-4-H youth and FFA members) - Deadline: April 15, 2020

Paper guidelines: Youth will select a country and research one of 20 key factors that affect food security (examples of key factors include plants, animal health, water scarcity, dietary diseases, malnutrition, human rights and international trade). Under the supervision of a teacher or mentor, each participant will then write a two-five 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 at 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 a maximum of 5 minutes in length and will be 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.

At the event, youth will be scored by the experts in their presentation groups based on their individual presentations and their participation in the group discussions. The research paper submitted by each youth will be reviewed and evaluated by a member of the World Food Prize Board of Reviewers, and the score given to each research paper will be shared with the co-directors of the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute. These factors will be the primary measurement for selecting delegates to attend the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute as part of Michigan's delegation.

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 2020. At 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 and awards program.

Accommodations, meals and program expenses at the three-day Global Youth Institute event are provided by the World Food Prize Foundation for the youth (and their teacher/mentor) who are selected as Michigan's delegates. Transportation for youth and their teacher/mentor to and from the Global Youth Institute is coordinated, and provided free of charge to participants, by Michigan State University.


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