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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. 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.

The New York Youth Institute is supported by Cornell University and the World Food Prize. For more information on how to participate in the New York Youth Institute, contact the State Coordinator Francine Jasper at or at (607) 255-1907.