Be a Hunger Hero: North Carolina Youth Institute

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Flyer for NCYI to register and submit paper by March 4, 2022

All high school youth are invited to join us for the 2022 North Carolina Youth Institute, a program that provides a platform for youth 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.

Interested? Here are the steps to get started:

Step 1: Find a mentor: identify a mentor locally that really believes in you. This could be a teacher at your school, a 4-H club leader, a coach, FFA advisor, or a parent. They will help keep you on track and motivated to complete the paper.

Step 2:  Research and write your paper: to get started on your paper use this guide to:

  • Choose a country (besides your own)
Image of western hemisphere mapimage of eastern hemisphere map
  • Research a typical familyImage of different family members
  • Choose a topic
plants, water scarcity, renewable energy, animal health, climate volatility, sustainable agriculture, animal agriculture, spoilage and waste, water and sanitationdietary diseases, malnutrition, infections diseases, populations, conflict, human rights, education, policy and governance, international trade, foreign aid, infrastructure
  • Analyze the impact: How does your topic impact food security?
  • Solutions & recommendations: finding ideas for solutions can be tough. Start by researching what already exists.
  • Now write and format your paper!

Step 3: Register and submit your paper: you and your teacher/mentor register and submit your paper online by March 4, 2022

Step 4: Attend the North Carolina Youth Institute: on April 1, 2022 be part of an amazing in-person experience at North Carolina State University and become a Borlaug Scholar.

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

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