Global and local food challenges are focus of Minnesota Youth Institute

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:15pm

Thanks to Land O’Lakes sponsorship, the Minnesota Youth Institute engages high school students in solving global and local hunger issues

On May 21, the ninth annual Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) took place on the U of M’s St. Paul campus. The interactive day-long program, sponsored by Land O’Lakes and the U of M’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), engages high school students in solving global and local hunger issues, generating creative new ideas and providing students with an immersive science experience while connecting with research and industry leaders.

Students present solutions: Each student participant had the opportunity to present their solution to a specific hunger issue to a roundtable of industry experts and student peers. Discussions covered a range of topics, from water scarcity and infectious diseases to sustainable agriculture and policy and governance. MNYI participants are eligible to compete for global travel opportunities, paid internships and fellowships, and a scholarship to the University of Minnesota.

“Minnesota Youth Institute can be a truly life-changing experience for student participants. It opens their eyes to struggles they might not otherwise see, encourages them to think creatively about solutions to our world's biggest food challenges, and ultimately allows them to be more informed and influential global citizens.…”

—Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, CFANS

MNYI Facts:

  • 90 students from 20 Minnesota schools participated
  • 3 Land O’Lakes representatives served as roundtable experts (Megan Wolle, Foundation Manager, and Erica McDougall and Katie Niemeyer, International Development, New Business Development)
  • 1 Land O’Lakes representative at the STEM Expo talked to students about employment opportunities
  • 9 top students will move on to the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize Symposium, where they will discuss solutions to hunger issues with global leaders in science, business, philanthropy, policy, and more

Image: Minnesota Youth Institute