On Monday, April 8, CALS hosted the 5th Annual Wisconsin Youth Institute where 69 Wisconsin high school students had the opportunity to join us for a day of dialogue to share about global issues and propose their solutions to these challenges. Students from nine high schools across the state joined us with their teachers from Harold S. Vincent High School, DeForest High School, Plymouth High School, Portage High School, Hartford Union High School, Verona High School, La Follette High School, and Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Prior to the Institute, students had to write a research paper about an issue in a developing or third world country and propose their solutions to the issue. Students presented their research and solutions among their peers with a facilitated discussion by CALS faculty, advisors, and students. In the afternoon, students also participated in hands-on immersion sessions, toured the CALS campus, and were recognized as a Borlaug Scholar by the World Food Prize Foundation presented by Dean Kate and Keegan Kautzky, WFP Director of Global Programs & Partnerships.
Wisconsin is one of 25 participating State Youth Institutes who host and select their top student delegates to present their papers and solutions at the Global Youth Institute. These selected delegates have the opportunity to interact with Noble and World Food Prize Laureates and 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries. They also have the opportunity to apply for a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. The Global Youth Institute held in October in Des Moines, IA as part of the World Food Prize International Symposium.
This event was made possible by the CALS Ambassadors, CALS faculty, staff, and students who volunteered their time to sit in on student presentations, lead tours of our campus, and lead immersion sessions. If you are interested in learning more or get involved in this great opportunity, please click here or contact Plia Xiong (firstname.lastname@example.org), Wisconsin State Coordinator.This article was posted in A Message from the Dean.