The World Food Prize Foundation on Monday hosted its ninth annual Iowa Youth Institute, featuring the participation of 264 students and 110 teachers from 93 Iowa high schools. This virtual, daylong event was the first of its kind for the IYI, supported by more than 90 experts from across Iowa. As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation has shifted to a virtual platform in order to make the institutes more accessible online, and it has committed to continuing to offer its educational programs to more than 10,000 students this year. Currently, 25 states, the Netherlands and Honduras host Youth Institutes, where students can be selected to serve as delegates at the Global Youth Institute as part of October’s Borlaug International Dialogue. “The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute did not disappoint this year,” said Amy Akers, an educator at Ankeny Southview Middle School. “Even though we could not meet together physically, the organization and communication by leaders made it accessible and valuable for all involved.” For more information about the annual event, visit the Iowa Youth Institute webpage here.