Youth Ag-education Innovation Cooperative

Fresh Food, Fresh People!

YAIC encourages youth involvement in agriculture and implements innovative agricultural practices that remedy food insecurity.

Tags:
  • Education
  • agriculture
  • agritourism
  • youth
  • Food Security
  • aquaponics
  • Agribusiness
  • farming
  • sustainability
  • empowerment

Use Case

Jack sits in his math class, wondering if he will ever apply what he is learning. His teacher announces a new program called YAIC that will introduce an exciting agricultural innovation he has never heard of before! The teenagers in the class are all ears, excited about an opportunity for new beginnings. Jack and his classmates join YAIC and work with a team of technicians to build an aquaponic system and start participating in the cooperative classes. Jack begins learning skills he applies the very same day. The youth realize the potential in agriculture. Jack is eventually elected as director of the cooperative. He is teaming up with other youth to run a successful business venture, implement cutting edge technology, support their community, and fight world hunger all at the same time!

Potential

We believe that youth are the key to introducing new innovations and developing sustainable solutions in the agricultural sector. By establishing one of the first youth-led cooperatives, we seek to supplement their skills, their ideas, and ultimately their passion for change. Our sustainable model provides youth ownership over the cooperative. The idea is to build on the foundation of existing youth agricultural groups. This allows youth to manage and operate the cooperative independently and avoid dependence on foreign assistance. The cooperative also facilitates experiential learning in a high-impact environment where every lesson learned is applied. We see this highly efficient model becoming replicable around the world

Business Case

A sustainable cooperative must be built on a strong business model. YAIC intends to generate two sources of capital that feed directly into the cooperative. The first source will come from the innovative aquaponic model, which provides a consistent output throughout the year. The second source will come from an agritourism program that encourages American students to partake in the implementation of this new innovation in a developing country. Students from four U.S. universities will apply their skills in a high-impact field study experience that increases the value of commodities produced by the cooperative. As these two symbiotic business models continue to build on each other, the cooperative will achieve vertical integration and gain access to more lucrative market opportunities.

Objectives:

  1. Establish a replicable model with a novel approach to agricultural innovation development
  2. Empower youth with leadership skills and employ them through cooperative ownership and management
  3. Scale up the cooperative's production through our multifaceted business model and brand products to achieve vertical integration

Team Youth Ag-education and Innovation Cooperative (YAIC) : Fresh Food, Fresh People!

College Station, Texas, USA

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Agricultural Production / Productivity
  • Africa

Our Team

Visualizing the Future / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Visualizing the Future

Team YAIC developed a time line projection of what we envision our first year of operation to entail. Only time will tell where we'll be a year from now!

Practice Makes Perfect / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Practice Makes Perfect

The team rehearses the script for our Though for Food Challenge pitch videos. Can you feel the love?

YAIC Artist / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

YAIC Artist

This week, we worked on another component of our pitch. Our star artist shows his talent on the white board at the Agrilife recording studio.

Pitch Perfect / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Pitch Perfect

Team YAIC recording our pitch videos at the Agrilife studio!

YAIC featured on ALEC Graduate E-news / Published November 22, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

YAIC featured on ALEC Graduate E-news

We have partnered with WeFeedUs, an aquaponics company based in Pennsylvania. This development and other details about YAIC's efforts were featured in the graduate student E-news letter for the Department of Agriculture, Leadership, Education, & Communication.

Check it out!

Our Mission

Our mission is to change youth’s negative perception of agriculture, empower them, and stimulate agricultural growth in their communities.

Our Background

Our young team serendipitously came together in September 2014. What started as two distinctly independent ideas between two team members came together and evolved into an innovative idea among five ambitious change makers. We identified three pressing problems, youth unemployment, a negative perception of agriculture, and food insecurity, all of which are not unique to Africa, but rather global issues. We aspire to solve these issues with the advent of the Youth Ag- education Innovation Cooperative (YAIC), a multifaceted organization that will create a new generation of Ag innovators to fight tomorrow’s battle against hunger.

Visualizing the Future / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Visualizing the Future

Team YAIC developed a time line projection of what we envision our first year of operation to entail. Only time will tell where we'll be a year from now!

Practice Makes Perfect / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Practice Makes Perfect

The team rehearses the script for our Though for Food Challenge pitch videos. Can you feel the love?

YAIC Artist / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

YAIC Artist

This week, we worked on another component of our pitch. Our star artist shows his talent on the white board at the Agrilife recording studio.

Pitch Perfect / Published December 5, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

Pitch Perfect

Team YAIC recording our pitch videos at the Agrilife studio!

YAIC featured on ALEC Graduate E-news / Published November 22, 2014 by Shiva Thompson

YAIC featured on ALEC Graduate E-news

We have partnered with WeFeedUs, an aquaponics company based in Pennsylvania. This development and other details about YAIC's efforts were featured in the graduate student E-news letter for the Department of Agriculture, Leadership, Education, & Communication.

Check it out!

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to change youth’s negative perception of agriculture, empower them, and stimulate agricultural growth in their communities.Read More

Our Background

Our young team serendipitously came together in September 2014. What started as two distinctly independent ideas between two team members came together and evolved into an innovative idea ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.