The World Food Prize Foundation

Global Youth Institute - Alabama Delegates

Become a Student Leader in the Global Fight Against Hunger!

Don't miss the Alabama Youth Institute at Tuskegee University – June 16, 2017!

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

  • 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 Alabama to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy;
  • Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Tuskegee University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Alabama working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.


To participate in the Alabama Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three-five page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Students must register online and submit their research paper by May 15, 2016. Eighth through Twelfth grade students in the 2016/17 school year are eligible to participate.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on the evaluation rubric above).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Tuskegee, AL.

The Alabama Youth Institute is hosted by Tuskegee University with the generous support of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, Tuskegee Center for Advanced Materials and College of Engineering, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Science Foundation, Alabama 4-H and Alabama FFA.

For more information on how to participate in the 2016 Alabama Youth Institute, please contact the Alabama State Coordinator Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller at or 334-727-8453.


The Global Youth Institute:  The top students at the Alabama Youth Institute will be competitively selected as a delegate at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, October 13-15, 2016. There, they will join 400 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 over 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.

By participating in the Alabama Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship. If selected as a Global Youth Institute delegate, they are also eligible to apply for a Borlaug-Ruan-International Internship.

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. Wallace-Carver Fellows 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.

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, 250 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, 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.

How to Participate


Event Flyer

Paper Instructions

Sample Paper
Paper Evaluation Rubric


Contact the Coordinator


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