Apex High School student, Ashling Murphy, was nominated to join the two hundred other students in the World Food Prize Global Youth Intuition from Oct. 13-15, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. These students from over thirty states and Canada, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Tunisia, got to be a part of this experience. They collaborated with each other, presented ideas, and packaged meals for Outreach Inc. The theme of this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium was “Let Food Be Thy Medicine.”
Murphy has the honor to present her own research paper on “Feeding Innovation, Fighting Hunger” about the food issues around the globe. She discussed her paper with experts of science, experts in industry, and policy around a roundtable. The Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize explains, “teacher mentors register their student(s) to participate in a qualifying State Youth Institute (if the student resides in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin) or apply for an at-large delegate seat at the Global Youth Institute (if the student resides in another state or country). The students then research and write a short research report on a critical food security issue under the direction of their teacher mentor.”
The Global Youth Institution was created in 1994 by Dr. Borlaug and Iowa business man John Ruan. “Students also have the opportunity to participate in guided team projects designed to develop community-based issue identification and problem solving,” the Global Youth Institution says. “Delegates have a unique opportunity to connect with other student leaders from across the United States and around the world to discuss global challenges, share ideas, and identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.” The discussion groups included seven to nine students and three distinguished global leaders. Murphy had the privilege to travel to Iowa and share her intelligence with many experts for the World Food Prize.