North Carolina Youth Institute Places Youth in the Center of Solving Global Food Insecurity

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Do you care about a better world? Interested in solving global challenges like food security, clean water, and human rights?

NCYI youth explore the impacts that soil erosion has on water quality

NCYI youth explore the impacts that soil erosion has on water quality

Please join us for the 2021 North Carolina Youth Institute, a program that provides a platform for students to research and give recommendations to solve key global challenges that range from food insecurity, access to potable water, poverty, human rights, engineering issues, and more. The NCYI is hosted by NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and is a part of the Global Youth Institute and the World Food Prize.

NCYI youth giving his 2-3 minute oral presentation on his research paper.

NCYI youth giving his 2-3 minute oral presentation on his research paper.

This year’s program will be held virtually on Friday, April 23, 2021. To participate, high school-aged youth research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using these downloadable guidelines). Each teacher/mentor (e.g., can be a parent) must register their student delegate nominee(s), themselves and submit each student’s research paper online by March 16, 2021.

Join us for an informational webinars about the program and ask any questions you might have on March 1st at 3:30 p.m. Register in advance for the meeting using the links above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Or check out our introduction webinar.

On April 23, 2021, students attend a ½ day-long virtual program via Zoom and share their research papers among peers and a panel of experts (professors and professionals). Hands-on workshops, virtual field trips, keynotes, and career development activities will round out the event. There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute, however, both student and teacher/mentor participants must register and participation is mandatory for the student to qualify for the additional future benefits of the program, such as fellowships and internships.

NCYI youth share Wolfpack cheer at the JC Raulston Arboretum

NCYI youth share Wolfpack cheer at the JC Raulston Arboretum

The top students at the North Carolina Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of North Carolina as delegates at the Global Youth Institute, held as a virtual program in Des Moines, Iowa. The Global Youth Program will join 400 other outstanding high school students and teachers from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel Peace Prize winners as well as World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.

NC 4-H'er attending the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the World Food Prize.

NC 4-H’er attending the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the World Food Prize.

If you have any questions or to learn more about the process of this program, contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder at lori_snyder@ncsu.edu or at (919) 515-4070.

Written By

Liz Driscoll, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLiz Driscoll4-H Extension Specialist - Horticulture, Crop & Soil Sciences, & Entomology Call Liz E-mail Liz Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University

Contributing Author

Lori Unruh SnyderAssociate Professor Call Lori E-mail Lori Crop & Soil Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Apr 15, 2021
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