About the CauseThe New York Youth Institute is at a critical point of ensuring the future funding of this educational and career development program. New York is an agricultural state and our students have good ideas about the future of our food supply and ways to combat world hunger. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of the World Food Prize said “New York State is recognized for preparing the next generation of leaders in agricultural research or industry”. New York has the leading number of World Food Prize Laureates, being 5 of the 35 from 1987-1913.
Opportunities for Students
World Food Prize Symposium
Four students and their mentors are selected to attend a three day education experience at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa in October. Air travel, hotel and meal expenses are paid by the New York Youth Institute and World Food Prize. There, students interact with World Food Prize Laureates, discuss pressing food security issues with international experts, and participate in interactive activities with other students across the United States and around the world.
Borlaug-Ruan International Internship
Students who attend the Global Youth Institute may apply for these all-expenses paid, eight-week hands-on summer experiences, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2009 several New York Youth Institute student delegates have been among the select few to receive summer internships to China, Brazil, Ethiopia and Kenya.
USDA Wallace-Carver Internship
Students may apply for a paid USDA Wallace-Carver internship. USDA interns analyze agriculture and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs, or take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. New York Youth Institute delegates have had internships in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.; the White House agricultural policy office; in U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack’s office and in USDA Agricultural Research departments.