4-H Clover Creators Research Solutions to Global Food Security Challenges

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The North Carolina Youth Institute is a life-changing experience hosted by North Carolina State University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global food security challenges, participate in hands-on science activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in North Carolina and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.

NCYI 2023 participantsOn April 14, 2023, Avery Wright and Reyna Nava Catalan attended the daylong institute at NC State University’s Plant Sciences Building on Centennial Campus. To participate, they were challenged to research a global issue and wrote a 2-3 page paper under the supervision of a their club leader Lindsay Shore-Wright. Avery Wright Avery focused her research on Sustainable Food Sources in Madagascar while Reyna Nava Catalan focused on Supporting Young Mothers in Belize. Both students shared their research papers among peers and a panel of experts. Hands-on workshops, field trips, keynotes, and career development will rounded out the event.

Students who participated in the North Carolina Youth Institute earned recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and qualified for internships and further opportunities

At this exciting event, participating high school students had the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
  • Connect with other student leaders from across North Carolina to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
  • Explore the issues, current research and opportunities to make a difference at North Carolina State University; and
  • Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in North Carolina working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

Papers were evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers. This distinguished group of educators and experts was established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers wrote thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student who participated in the Youth Institute.

For more information about the North Carolina Youth Institute visit

North Carolina Youth Institute