The Florida Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at the University of Florida for high school students. Participants get the unique opportunity to engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Florida and around the world.
Applications for the 2023 Florida Youth Institute will be available through the UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training in early 2023.
2023 Program Dates: 1 Week, 2 Session Options
July 9-14, 2023
July 16-21, 2023
One-week residential summer program.
2024 Program Dates: 1 Week, 2 Session Options
July 7-12, 2024
July 14-19, 2024
2024 applications will open in December of 2023. One-week residential summer program.
This program is for students entering grades 11 and 12 during summer 2023. Applications will re-open for 2024 early next year.
As a participant in FYI, you will have 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
Experience indoor and outdoor laboratories and campus facilities
Connect with other student leaders from across Florida to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships
Explore the issues, current research, and opportunities to make a difference at the University of Florida
Interact with global leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in Florida working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world
Meet with UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Dr. Elaine Turner and representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Live in a campus residence hall
Students research issues they care about and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. These application papers are entered to compete in The World Food Prize. Students who participate in the Florida Youth Institute are eligible to receive a scholarship to study in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida, receive recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and qualify for internships and further opportunities.
Applicants should be motivated, mature students who are dedicated to the future of agriculture and the related sciences.
The Florida Youth Institute is hosted by the University of Florida with the generous support of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences.