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New York Youth Institute

Three New York Youth Institute student delegate alumni to the World Food Prize have been selected for the highly coveted Borlaug Ruan international internships this summer.  James Fairchild from Bridgehampton,  The WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia; Abigail Overstrom from Lansing, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in El Batan, Mexico; and Derek Sherrange from Argyle, S.M. Sehgal Foundation in Gargaon, India.

A lot has happened with the NY Youth Institute this year starting with a Hackathon for teen teams from NY and China to find solutions for resilient communities food security. 

In late March we held our annual NY Youth Institute program March.   Students delegates selected for the World Food Prize:  A. Veronica Lewis, Albany; Teagan Mathes, Byron;  and Sophia Wang, NYC 

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The New York Youth Institute is a program for high school students with an interest in global food insecurity and the fight against hunger. Students are asked to write an essay with the guidance of a teacher or mentor. See examples of students essays below the video.  Each person presents a summary of their research and recommendations before a group of peers, faculty, teachers and parents in September. Their presentations and essays are judged and then four students are selected to attend the World Food Prize symposium held in Des Moines, Iowa, in October, with their mentors. There, they will join over 250 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 and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.


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The World Food Prize, the Global Youth Institute and the New York Institute were born from the genius of Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution and Nobel Prize Laureate. Five World Food Prize Laureates have been affiliated with Cornell University.

Thanks to supporters of the NY Youth Institute.

CALS Dean's Office, Friends of the NY Youth Institute, The World Food Prize, Dr. Catherine Bertini, The Mathile Foundation.

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