Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University
Contact: Makena Schultz, schul430@anr.msu.edu, 517-432-7603; Brian Wibby, wibby@msu.edu, 906-315-2662

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 11, Michigan State University, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who: Students who are in grades eight through 12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to register by submitting a two to five page paper (see link below).

Cost: Free

Registration deadlines:

  • Youth Registration - Deadline: March 31, 2017
    (Youth completing Step 1 of Registration Process by March 11 will be eligible to be matched with a WFP-MIYI Cultural Connector who can provide first-hand insight into the country selected by the student. Contact the program coordinators for more information.)
  • Teacher and Adult Mentor Registrations - March 31, 2017

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).  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.  Paper writing instructions and guidelines, examples of past papers, and other resources, can be found at http://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/youth_programs/global_youth_institute/michigan/

At the event: Youth will give a short presentation on their research paper and recommendations. Presentations will be 2-3 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 the World Food Prize - Board of Reviewers prior to WFP-MIYI on May 11, 2017. 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 participants will be considered as possible delegates, representing Michigan at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, October 18-21, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa.



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