Be a Hunger Hero: North Carolina Youth Institute

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All high school youth are invited to join us for the 2023 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. This year’s program will offered as an in-person program on campus (or virtually if need be) on April 14th. Registration and paper submission are due March 27th (Registration is extended for another week).Register now and then submit your paper here.

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 13, 2023

Step 4: Attend the North Carolina Youth Institute: on April 14, 2023 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, Liz Driscoll at or (919) 886-3424.