NYYI 2017 boasts record number of registrants, from across state

The 2017 New York Youth Institute is set to be the biggest yet, with a total of 77 students registered from schools across New York State. As noted in Francine Jasper’s recent article on the Institute’s exciting partnership with the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association, this number of registrants more than doubles last year’s participation.

The Institute, which is set to take place on the Cornell University campus at the end of this month, will draw students from 11 New York counties, spanning nearly the entire state – from Long Island’s Suffolk County in the East to Genesee County in the West.

Check out this interactive map that depicts where the 2017 NYYI registrants are coming from (view full screen here). Roll your cursor over each county to see how many delegates are registered for the Institute:

As is evident in the map, we continue to celebrate strong ties with schools in the New York City metropolitan area, particularly in Queens (47 of the 77 registrants, 61%). Schools including John Bowne High School, Excelsior Preparatory High School, and the Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences, have substantial delegations to this year’s event.

The Ithaca/Cortland area, which boasts abundant connections with Cornell University programs, is also well-represented among the 2017 delegates. We’re pleased to welcome a sizable delegation from the Rochester area, as well: the Rochester Academy Charter School and Brighton High School will represent Monroe County at the NYYI.

While we cherish both new and longstanding relationships with schools across the state, we are driven to enhance outreach in lesser-represented regions of New York – the Hudson Valley and the Northeast, in particular. The map elucidates some striking gaps in NYYI coverage across New York.

This year, delegates from Albany, Schoharie, and Washington Counties will pour into Ithaca for the Institute. But, overall, expanding our reach – and the power of World Food Prize Youth Programs – further into the Northern and Eastern parts of our state remains an important objective of the NYYI.

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