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Do you have a passion for global food security?

Every year, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture sends two high school students with an interest in global food security and agriculture to represent Saskatchewan at the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa*. The selected students, along with their teacher or mentor representatives, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to this prestigious event*.

About the Global Youth Institute:

Around 200 exceptional high school students from around the world participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.

During the Global Youth Institute, students will have the opportunity to:
··Interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts
··Connect with other student leaders from around the world to share ideas, identify solutions and build lasting friendships
··Tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities

How to apply: 

Apply by completing the registration form below by March 31, 2021. AITC-SK will review applications and select two students to represent Saskatchewan. Students will be notified on Thursday, April 1st.

The two selected students will be required to write a five-page research paper on a critical food security issue under the supervision of their teacher or mentor. New this year, they will attend the Virtual Youth Institute live on May 24, 2021 OR on demand May 25-28, 2021 where they will engage with leaders and experts on critical global food security challenges, participate in hands-on science activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference around the world. 

Then in October 2021, they will attend the Global Youth Institute*, where each student will present a brief overview of their paper to a group of peers and experts. Following are resources to help you prepare for applying for the Global Youth Institute:

Download the GYI-Application-Preparation document.

Download the GYI-Research-Handbook for guidance on research paper requirements. 

Download the Global Youth Institute poster.

*The Global Youth Institute will take place virtually should travel restrictions still be in place.

Note: In compliance with the Government of Canada's COVID-19 prevention recommendation of social distancing, we strongly encourage that all student and mentor research paper collaboration be done safely and in compliance with local protocols. For the latest updates, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan's website.

Please contact Chandra at chandra@aitc.sk.ca with any questions.

Thank you for your interest, applications have closed.
Check back in 2022!