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Global Youth Institute - Michigan Delegates


Michigan is currently researching potential opportunities to bring the broader learning experiences offered at the Global Youth Institute back to Michigan on a local level. We appreciate any interested parties’ patience in advance, as we work to develop a program that will help the youth of MI develop a deeper understanding of global food systems, today’s challenges, and create interactions with state leaders to help youth formulate their own potential solutions. More information will be shared when it is available.



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The Global Youth Institute: Up to two student delegates will be selected to represent Michigan at the Global Youth Institute held in Des Moines, Iowa, October 15-17, 2015.  There, they will join over 300 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.

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship or USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, 227 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.

Wallace-Carver Fellowship: a paid two-month research or policy placement at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory or field office, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. In 2015, up to 100 Wallace-Carver Fellows will intern at USDA, analyzing agricultural and economic policy; assisting in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and taking part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC at the start of their internship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

To participate, students research a global issue and write a five-page paper under the supervision of a teacher mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Each high school must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student's research paper online by August 3, 2015. Ninth through Twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

All submitted registrations and research papers will be evaluated by a committee of experts, and invitations to attend the Global Youth Institute as a student delegate representing Michigan will be emailed by August 15, 2015.

Accommodation, meal and program expenses at the three-day event (Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon) are provided by the World Food Prize Foundation for participating student delegates and their teacher mentors. However, both student and teacher participants must organize and fund their own transportation to and from the event in Iowa, as well as their lodging Wednesday evening prior to the start of the institute. As such, the student and teacher mentor are responsible for transportation, lodging, meal and other associated costs of participation accrued outside of the actual event.

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Global Youth Institute, contact the Michigan State Coordinators: Makena Schultz at or (517) 432-7603 and Brian Wibby at or (906) 475-5731.


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