The New Jersey Youth Institute is a transformative experience at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences for high school students. In collaboration with the World Food Prize Foundation, students from New Jersey come together and learn about critical global issues, network with local leaders, engage in hands-on-activities, and explore exciting ways to become effective change agents in their own communities. How does the event create conscientious global citizens and inspire tomorrow's scientific humanitarian leaders? Here's some answers from students like you:
Being a student at the World Food Prize has never been a better way to utilize my passion for sustainable agriculture. Not only did I learn about sustainability and undernourishment within Yemen, but I also gained meaningful connections while developing my presenting skills. I highly recommend participating in the World Food Prize at Rutgers.”
— Keaton Chaudhari
Attending the World Food Prize was an amazing experience to connect with individuals from many different backgrounds united in one common goal: To make the world a better place for everyone. The judges were so supportive and genuinely interested in my topic and presentation, making me feel instantly welcome. I was also able to connect with many other students at the different events planned. Hearing about their speeches was really cool! Overall, I'm so glad I had this opportunity to share my research and will take this experience with me for the rest of my life!”
— Ava Dohan
Looking around seeing so many young people like me wanting to change the worst to the better fills me up with joy. We all fight to be better but in honesty we are all striving for one goal, a healthy lifestyle.”
— Aidan Twomey
Select students attending the New Jersey Youth Institute will be invited to attend the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. High school students from across the U.S. and abroad gather during the event to study and write about a pressing global food issue and present their papers to distinguished global leaders and fellow students. While at the symposium students also have opportunities to attend trainings/educational programs, go on field trips, and participate in a team service project. All expenses, except travel, are provided by the World Food Prize.
- Students who participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar and qualify for internships and further opportunities.
- Students present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts.
- Students connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.
- Participants explore the issues, current research and opportunities to make a difference at Rutgers University.
- Participants interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
Borlaug-Ruan International Internships
The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship is an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Borlaug-Ruan Interns get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in groundbreaking research.
USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowships
The USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship is a paid summer research or policy placement for college students at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, agency, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. Wallace-Carver Fellows analyze agricultural and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC as part of their fellowship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.