Cynthia Ulbing from Newfield, is a student at Ithaca College. In 2012 she participated in the New York Youth Institute and was selected to be a delegate to the World Food Prize Symposium. The following summer she was selected for an eight-week, all-expenses-paid summer internship to travel to China and work at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, sponsored by the World Food Prize Youth Institute. Cynthia has also had an internship at the National Arboreteum in Washington, D.C. thru her affiliation with the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. She was able to have these opportunities as a result of participating in the World Food Prize New York Youth Institute as a high school student.
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Cynthia Ulbing on panel with World Food Prize Ambassador Quinn and Dr. Pedro Sanchez, World Food Prize Laureate
Piper Martz attends Bryn Mawr College and is currently a researcher at Real Food Challenge in New York City.
(excerpt from LinkedIn Profile)
In the summer of 2013 she was a Wallace Carver Fellow working in the White House Liaison Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Martz gained interest in agricultural and environmental politics after attending the 2011 World Food Prize Symposium as a Global Youth Delegate for New York State. As a 2013-2014 Wallace Carver Fellow, she was invited to attend the 2013 World Food Prize Symposium. Her economic policy paper, “Senegal: Averting the Overfishing Crisis,” was presented at Cornell University and published by the World Food Prize in 2011. In the spring of 2012, Martz worked on the Farm Bill campaign in collaboration with Food and Water Watch. Martz currently studies political science with a focus on environmental policymaking at Bryn Mawr College. Her leadership roles on campus include serving as the appointed head of both the Sustainable Food Committee and the Recycling Committee. Martz is passionate about sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, and the fight to end world hunger.
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Nosa with Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Mrs. Vilsack
My name is Nosa Akol and I am in my third year of CITIZEN U, a youth led, youth run program. We, as Teen Youth Leaders, are only in the program for two years, but I enjoyed my experience so much I wanted to come back and help out with the new incoming members. Throughout my years in CITIZEN U, I gained not only new skills that I can and will use in everything I do; I also gained long lasting friendships with the fellow members. In the program, I have been able to participate in 4-H activities like STEM Camps, 4-H Capital Days, and 4-H Career Explorations. In the STEM Camps, we, the Teen Youth Leaders, taught a group of elementary students about how to live a better and healthier lifestyle. In Capital Days, we got to meet our New York State Senator and have breakfast with him and tour the Capitol building.
But the most memorable event I have been a part of was Career Explorations. During Career Ex. I was lucky enough to hear Lazarus Lynch speak about his experience in the World Food Prize. I began to love the World Food Prize because it was something I had been looking for all along. So that summer I worked hard
on my essay about Women and Education in South Sudan and was lucky enough to be one of the five to be able to attend the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue. I got to hear speakers like the former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. All the speakers continued to inspire me to want to do something about not only women’s rights, but about education and agriculture. Every turn of the corner was a new learning experience and I could not believe that I got to be a part of it. What made it even better was that there were 160other students from all over the world who had the same goal as me—we are the Borlaug generation. After the three days at the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue, I have decided to devote my life to helping others. And I would not have come to this realization without my experience in the World Food Prize.
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