Agriculture in the Classroom

Global Youth Institute

Des Moines, Iowa, October 19 to 21, 2017.

Every year, Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba (AITC-M) and 4-H Manitoba (4-H MB) send two high school students with an interest in global food security and agriculture to represent Manitoba at the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa in October. The selected students and their teacher/mentor representatives receive airfare, accommodation and all GYI conference expenses paid for the three-day event.

About the Global Youth Institute:

The Global Youth Institute (GYI) is held concurrently with the World Food Prize and the Borlaug Dialogues International Symposium. The GYI gives high school students and their teachers/mentors the opportunity to meet with their peers from around the world and gain insights into the challenges and opportunities for agriculture and food security in different countries.

We are pleased to announce the members of our Global Youth Institute teams for 2017:

  • Grade 12 student Alexandra Skwarchuk from Seven Oaks MET School and her teacher Jean McLeod

Alexandra has an interest in environmental protection and sustainability and was an award-winning participant in the 2014 Manitoba Science Fair.  She explores sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica in her research paper titled, The Sour Side of the Pineapple: An Interpretation of Costa Rica’s Pineapple Industry.

  • Grade 10 student Taylor Carlson from Elm Creek School, Elm Creek, and her teacher Lisa Carlson

Taylor is from a family farm and is very involved in raising cattle and the local 4H beef club. She enjoys speaking to the public about beef production and sustainable agriculture and considers herself an ‘agvocate’. Taylor explores animal agriculture in Brazil in her research paper titled, Sustainable Cattle Production Practices in Brazil.

How to apply: 

Students must apply by completing the registration form (applications will be accepted Spring 2018). AITC-M will then interview applicants and select two students who will represent Manitoba at the GYI. Both students are required to research a global issue and write a five-page paper under the supervision of their teacher/mentor and submit the paper to the World Food Prize Foundation. 

At the GYI, each student will present a brief overview of their paper to a group of peers and experts. Selected students and teachers or mentors will be required to share their experience upon return with their high school, a sponsor and two other organizations.

Registration is currently closed.

Click here and check out the box labeled 'How to Participate' for more detailed information about the research paper including links to:

  • 2016 Paper Instructions
  • Sample Paper
  • Paper Evaluation Rubric



With financial support from Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Monsanto Canada and Viterra.


Contact Organizer

For more information contact:
Karen Hill

Linda McRae-Walker
Manitoba 4-H Council

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