Life-changing global impact
The New York Youth Institute at Cornell University engages high school students on the biggest challenges facing people and the planet in the 21st century. We empower students to research issues they care about, propose their own innovative ideas to solve grand global challenges, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world.
March 25, 2022 at Cornell University
The New York Youth Institute is thrilled to welcome high school students from across New York State at Cornell University on March 25, 2022. Registration is now closed for the 2022 event.
- Timeline: 9:00AM-5:00PM (On campus event check-in will begin at 8:15AM; see agenda below)
- Building location: Warren Hall B25 Auditorium (enter Warren Hall via the Ag Quad; see location in Google Maps)
- COVID-19 guidance: To attend the on-campus, in-person event, all visitors must wear an approved mask and show proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test when checking in for the event. Detailed visitor guidance is found at COVID-19 Cornell Response Information for Visitors.
A printed agenda will be given to all attendees at check in
8:15AM Arrival and Sign-In, B25 Warren Hall Auditorium Lobby (Simple refreshments provided)
Special thanks to the Rural Schools Association for their NYYI travel scholarship!
10:20AM Break for Student Roundtables (each roundtable group will have an assigned room)
10:40AM Student Roundtables, Warren Hall and Mann Library rooms (rooms will be assigned)
12:15PM Break for Lunch (Provided by Ithaca Bakery) – Please head to Warren Hall 401
12:30 Lunch and Keynote Address by Commissioner Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Warren Hall 401
1:30PM Campus Tours (3 separate tour groups—choose one!), departing from the Ag Quad
Greenhouses – Controlled Environment Agriculture: Hydroponic and aquaponic systems
Cornell University Insect Collection: Edible insects focus
3:00PM “Storytelling Your Research” – Mini-course with IAAS-Cornell President Grace Campidilli, Mann B30A Computer Lab and Mann Library Stone Classroom (each student will have access to a desktop computer for this activity)
3:50PM Return to B25 Warren Hall Auditorium
4:00PM CALS Admissions and Cornell Student Clubs Panel Discussion, B25 Warren Hall Auditorium
4:30PM Closing Ceremony, B25 Warren Hall Auditorium (Simple refreshments provided)
5:00PM End Day
Each student should be prepared to provide a brief presentation on their Global Challenge research paper during a portion of the day called Student Roundtables.
In small groups during the March 25th event, each student will provide a brief presentation (approximately 3 minutes; no presentation slides) to expert panelists on their Global Challenge research paper. Following each presentation, there will be a few minutes for discussion with the panelists. For student talks, expert panelists will be listening for the following:
- Summary of the topic/problem you selected in the context of your chosen country
- Description of a typical family or community in your chosen country
- Analysis of the topic and your proposed solutions/recommendations
- Description of a feasible plan to implement your proposed solution(s)
- Your passion for the topic and articulation/delivery of your speech
Our NYYI team is happy to provide support as you prepare for the March 25th NYYI event. To help you prepare your talk, we will be holding a student support Zoom call later this month. (Sharing date and time with you ASAP.) Our NYYI team will also provide you options to practice your presentations with them on one-on-one calls. Connection information forthcoming.
Finally, please take advantage of another great support resource: The World Food Prize Foundation is providing office hours for students preparing for Youth Institutes across the US and in other countries. Register for their next office hours HERE.
For those of you seeking Ithaca lodging to attend NYYI, we recommend securing your accommodations soon. There are several lodging options in the Ithaca area; however, you may find that the hotels right near Cornell campus are already fairly booked due to another Cornell event on the same day.
To ensure you find local lodging at a reasonable rate, we are holding a block of rooms at the Super 8 by Wyndham in Ithaca for the night of Thursday, March 24th. If you decide to book your stay with the Super 8, please call or email them directly by March 16th and mention you would like to book under the “NY Youth Institute 2022” block. Details are provided by the Super 8, below.
Super 8 by Wyndham
400 S. Meadow Street, Ithaca NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-8088
Date of arrival: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Date of departure: Friday, March 25, 2022
Room rate per night: $99.00 per room (Plus Tax). All rooms are non-smoking.
Room types available in reserved NYYI block:
16 Rooms - Two Double Beds
5 Rooms - One Queen Bed
Please book under the group block reservation name: NY Youth Institute 2022
- To book by phone, call: (607) 273-8088
- To book via email: Fill out the CC authorization form and email the completed form with your specific room request to general manager Sarah Shutt at gmithacasuper8 [at] gmail.com. You will receive an email confirmation and be provided your final bill at check out.
Check-in time is 3PM on the date of arrival and check-out time is 11AM on the date of departure. All rooms and facilities have been recently renovated. The Super 8 offers a complimentary hot breakfast and high-speed wireless access for all of their guests.
The Super 8 by Wyndham is located in downtown Ithaca, a short drive from Cornell’s campus. Though the Super 8 does not provide shuttle service to Cornell’s campus, the NYYI team is able to provide you complimentary parking passes for the March 25th NYYI event day for vehicles of all sizes – cars, vans, buses. Please let Polly Endreny Holmberg know your Cornell campus parking needs and we will purchase your parking passes.
How to participate in the 2022 New York Youth Institute
Identify a mentor locally that really believes in you. This could be a teacher at your school, a 4-H club leader, a coach, FFA advisor, or even a parent. They will help keep you on track and motivated to complete the paper.
You and your teacher/mentor must register and submit your paper online by February 21, 2022.
On March 25, 2022, be part of an amazing experience at Cornell University and become a Borlaug Scholar.
Solve grand challenges
Work directly with leading experts on topics like:
- Zero Hunger
- Social Inequality
- Climate Action
Become a Borlaug Scholar
Students who participate in the New York Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar and qualify for internships and further opportunities.
A life-changing opportunity for New York high school students
Learn more about the NYYI and opportunities to join by contacting Polly Endreny Holmberg
Further opportunities for participants
The top students from each youth institute will be competitively selected as delegates to the Global Youth Institute, held every October in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Global Youth Institute is an exciting three-day program where young leaders interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.
Global Youth Institute delegates will be eligible to apply for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship.
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.
Students selected as delegates for the Global Youth Institute are eligible to apply for the Borlaug Ruan International Internship.
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.
All Borlaug Scholars are eligible to apply for a USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.
Student delegates from the New York Youth Institute traveled to the World Food Prize to meet with WFP laureates, former presidents, world leaders and students from across the U.S.