World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute

Date: May 10, 2018 - May 10, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: Brian Wibby, 906-315-2662,

What is the Michigan Youth Institute?

The Michigan Youth Institute is a life-changing experience coordinated by Michigan State University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Michigan and around the world.

Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.

The Michigan Youth Institute is hosted by Michigan State University with the generous support of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan 4-H, Michigan State University Extension and Michigan FFA.

Why participate?

Students who participate in the Michigan Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar and qualify for internships and further opportunities

At this exciting event, participating high school students have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;

  • Connect with other student leaders from across Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;

  • Explore the issues, current research and opportunities to make a difference at Michigan State University

  • Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Michigan working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

How to participate

To participate in the Michigan Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a 2-5 page paper on exploring

Eighth through twelfth grade students in the 2017/18 school year are eligible to apply.

Registration and paper submission due online by:  April 1, 2018. 

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute.  Meals will be provided during the event. Student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event.

Attend the Michigan Youth Institute on May 10, at either 

Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S Shaw Ln
East Lansing, MI 48824


MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Dr.
Chatham, MI 49816

For more information please contact Brian Wibby at: or (906) 315-2662

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