An official World Food Prize event, it’s a potentially life-changing experience for participating
high school students

    Your idea could change the world. If you are a student in grades nine through 12 during the 2017-18 school year, you are eligible to participate in the Northern Great Plains Youth Institute at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, May 7.

    The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, an official World Food Prize event, is a potentially life-changing experience offering high school students an opportunity to engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world.

Select a mentor, research an issue, and write a paper

    To participate, students research a global issue they care about and write a two to three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor following the competition guidelines available at  Students who participate can earn a $1,000 scholarship at the U of M Crookston, gain recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, qualify for internships, and more. Registration and paper submissions are due online by Monday, April 9.

    During the Institute, participants will present their research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts; connect with other student leaders to share ideas and identify solutions while building lasting friendships; and interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

    There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute, and meals will be provided during the event. Housing is available for $15 per night and additional educational activities will be available for the evening of Sunday, May 6, as well.  Larger groups of students (such as entire high school classes) are invited to attend as well.

    Papers will be evaluated by the World Food Prize Board of Reviewers, a distinguished group of educators and experts established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers write thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student participant.

    To learn more, visit or contact Eleora DeMuth at or 218-281-8569.

Additional background

    The World Food Prize was founded by Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who saved over a billion people from famine and starvation through advances in crop breeding technologies. Today, The World Food Prize celebrates individuals who significantly improve global food security. The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute was established at the U of M Crookston to engage high school students with local leaders and experts on critical global food security challenges, participate in hands-on learning, explore campus, and formally present their solutions to food security, environmental or social justice issues.