Graham Wittrock Attends World Food Prize and Global Youth Institute
Graham Wittrock, Pekin FFA Chapter Vice-President and a senior, attended the World Prize and Global Youth Institute in Des Moines on October 18-20. Exceptional high school students from across the United States and other countries are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Each year, selected students and their teacher mentors travel to Des Moines, Iowa, in mid-October to attend this exciting three-day event at which they interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts. Juston Lamb, Agriculture Science teacher at Pekin, attended the event with Graham. At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy. Each discussion group of seven to nine students is led by three distinguished global leaders in science, industry and policy. Student papers are subsequently published in the Youth Institute Proceedings and are available online.
Throughout the three-day program, student and teacher delegates participate in the Borlaug Dialogue, which brings together over 600 international experts and policy leaders from 65 countries to address cutting-edge challenges in food security and international development.
Delegates to the Global Youth Institute also attend the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in the historic Iowa State Capitol, as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” is awarded in recognition of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
By participating in the Global Youth Institute, Graham is eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, over 140 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.