Growing a VisionNorman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program
Key Program Highlights
Program Details & Mission:Opportunity to serve, inspire and change
Our program is designed to help youth realize their potential and the impact they will have on the future of our country and world. Students will learn first-hand about the needs of urban and rural communities of Texas and the critical role food and fiber play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and leadership skills. Annually, 50 students from across the state of Texas will converge for a multi-faceted hands-on educational experience. Students will be able to create projects impacting their communities and future generations while growing as leaders and forging meaningful connections through the three sessions.
Session 1: Planting Season - November 3-5, 2023
Session 2: Growing Season - March 1-3, 2024
Session 3: Harvest Season - May 3-5, 2024
To become a Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program participant, you must:
- Be a Texas resident
- Currently be a high school student (9-12 grades)
- Be a student in good standing academically
- Be able to participate in three interactive sessions November 3-5, 2023, March 1-3, 2024 and May 3-5, 2024 in College Station, Texas.
- Live in Harris County or be a Texas 4-H State Council member or a Texas 4-H Ambassador that lives in a town with a population of 50,000 or less.
- Complete online application
Frequently Asked Questions
Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture ProgramEmbracing our past. Engaging our present. Defining our future
The Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around Texas. We are committed to advancing a community of promising youth leaders to confront complex challenges in our state. Texas A&M University staff will support students through a multi-faceted educational strategy, paired with instilling proven professional habits; positively impacting the trajectory of the next generation of leaders.
Texans from both urban and rural areas have a powerful story to tell. Both stories are most effectively told through hands-on, experiential learning and face-to-face engagements. This experience pursues to immerse urban and rural youth to solve complex challenges in our state, requiring leaders from both backgrounds to deliver solutions.
1. The program will serve as a connection point for agricultural conservation, artistic expression, cultural understanding and advocacy education. Constructive networks will be developed to transcend socioeconomic, regional, and urban and rural backgrounds.
2. Enlighten urban and rural youth leaders on the importance of agriculture through exposure to the Dr. Norman Borlaug spirit in agricultural education, experiential learning and artistic expression. Thus, creating agricultural advocates in rural and urban Texas.
3. Youth leaders from rural Texas will gain critical insight into urban culture and needs while building constructive relationships with their urban counterparts. Students will gain collaborative skills by participating in challenging learning environments
Dr. Norman Borlaug
Dr. Norman Borlaug was a visionary, change-maker and Nobel Peace Prize winner who laid the groundwork for agricultural technological advances to alleviate world hunger. He challenged the world with his vision and fortitude to feed a hungry world.
“Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless.” - Dr. Norman Borlaug
NBYAP Program Sponsors
THE MEMBERS OF TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE WILL PROVIDE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION, AND EMPLOYMENT TO ALL PERSONAL REGARDLESS OF RACE, SEX, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, GENETIC INFORMATION, VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY AND WILL STRIVE TO ACHIEVE FULL AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT TEXAS A&M AGRILLIFE.
*(Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, 2019)