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2020 IMPACT REPORT
CONTENTSABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIPMEET THE CLASS OF 2020CLASS OF 2020 BY COUNTRYMILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP CAMPUSESOUR IMPACTOVERALL PROGRAM BENEFITSTRAININGCONNECTIONSCREDENTIALS & CAREER EXPOSURELEARNINGS FOR 202103050709111719233035Throughout the report, you will see thisicon to indicate a hyperlinked text.
The Millennium Fellowship program has motivated me totake my social impact to the next level. I have become astronger advocate for the issues that matter, a moreconscious citizen of my surroundings, and an inspired leaderwho genuinely wants the best for my community.Mariangelie Torres Maldonado, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
In 2013, Millennium Campus Network (MCN) launchedthe Millennium Fellowship to convene, challenge, andcelebrate student leadership making a difference. Since2018, MCN and the United Nations Academic Impact(UNAI) partnered to take the Millennium Fellowship tothe next level.Millennium Fellows receive training, connections, andcredentials as they take action to advance the UNSustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Millennium Fellows are selected from a wide range ofacademic institutions - large and small, public andprivate - affirming the fact that there are student leadersin every community committed to localizing the SDGsand strengthening communities.3
A RECORD-BREAKING APPLICANT POOLThe Millennium Fellowship received a record-breakingnumber of applications for the Class of 2020. 15,159young leaders applied to join on 1,458 campuses across135 nations. The application process for the MillenniumFellowship is highly selective with only 6% of campusesselected to host Millennium Fellows for the Class of2020. 15,159APPLIED TO THE CLASS OF 2020135NATIONS1,458CAMPUSES4
MEET THE CLASS OF 20201,211 MILLENNIUM FELLOWS80CAMPUSES20NATIONSMEET THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWS 5
MAJORITY FEMALEMAJORITY PEOPLE OF COLORADVANCING ALL 17 UN SDGSWORKING ON 711 SOCIALIMPACT PROJECTS6
CLASS OF 2020 BY COUNTRY80 Campuses20 CountriesMexico2 CampusesUSA26 CampusesEcuador1 CampusUnited Kingdom2 CampusesFrance1 CampusGhana4 CampusesNigeria16 CampusesGreece1 Campus
Australia1 CampusIndia9 CampusesChina1 CampusYemen1 CampusSouth Africa1 CampusKenya5 CampusesRwanda2 CampusesUganda2 CampusesLebanon1 CampusQatar1 CampusNepal2 CampusesPakistan1 Campus8
MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP SELECTED CAMPUSES FOR THE CLASS OF 2020GhanaKNUST GhanaUniversity for Development StudiesUniversity of Cape CoastUniversity of GhanaKenyaJKUAT Kenya Kenyatta UniversityStrathmore UniversityUSIU-AfricaUniversity of NairobiAhmadu Bello UniversityBabcock UniversityFederal University of AgricultureFederal University Oye EkitiLadoke Akintola University of TechnologyLagos State UniversityNiger Delta UniversityNigeriaRwandaAfrican Leadership UniversityRICA- Rwanda University of the Western CapeGulu UniversityMakerere UniversitySouth AfricaUgandaObafemi Awolowo UniversityUniversity of BeninUniversity of IbadanUniversity of IlorinUniversity of JosUniversity of LagosUniversity of MaiduguriUniversity of NigeriaUniversity of Port HarcourtNigeria (cont.)Harvard UniversityLoyola Marymount UniversityNew York UniversityNortheastern UniversityNova Southeastern UniversityPace UniversityRollins CollegeSalisbury UniversityStanford UniversityThe University of South FloridaThe University of Texas at San AntonioTufts UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of Puerto RicoMexicoUnited StatesTecnológico de MonterreyUniversidad de MonterreyArizona State UniversityBaylor UniversityBentley UniversityBrandeis UniversityColumbia UniversityCornell UniversityDuke UniversityFlorida International UniversityFurman UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyEcuadorUniversidad de las AméricasUnited States (cont.)AFRICAAMERICAS9
ChinaThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityIndiaAmity University, MumbaiAshoka UniversityGovt. Model Engineering CollegeIndian Institute of Technology MadrasIndraprastha College for WomenNational Institute of Technology KarnatakaRajagiri School of Engineering & TechnologyTata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)University of DelhiYemenNepalNational University of Sciences & TechnologyQatar UniversityAl-Razi UniversityPakistanQatarLebanese American UniversityLebanonASIAAgriculture and Forestry UniversityKathmandu School of LawGreeceDeree The American College of GreeceFranceSciences Po, Le HavreUnited KingdomUniversity College LondonUniversity of CambridgeAustraliaGriffith UniversityEUROPEOCEANIA10
Over half of the Class of 2020 worked on a Group or Cohort-wideproject (i.e. Collective Initiative), where Fellows partner andcollaborate on shared goals through their project. Individual Project46%Group Project45.3%Collective Initiative8.8%Throughout the Millennium Fellowship program, Fellows work on aproject that advances at least one of the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals and one of the UNAI Principles. In 2020, Millennium Fellowsworked on 711 projects advancing all 17 Sustainable DevelopmentGoals.OUR IMPACT201,739Hours dedicated711Unique Projects875,827Lives Positively Impacted55854610635of the MillenniumFellowship projectsapplied and received a non-profit statusMillennium Fellowship ProjectsBreakdown of Project Types11
Continuing84.1%Completed15.9%Millennium Fellows are notstopping their journey after theprogram. Out of the 710projects, 598 projects willcontinue to work and build theirMillennium Fellowship projects,while 113 projects completedtheir set goals by December. Individuals25.7%Non-profit organizations18.6%Student Organizations17%Current/Past Millennium Fellows13%University11.3%Private Companies6.3%Other3.6%1,392partnerships were formed throughthe Fellowship projects.84%of Millennium Fellowship projects willcontinue next semester.Fellows response to the question: "Are youcontinuing this project next semester?"Types of Partnerships Formed in 202012
Target AudienceHomelessRefugeesIndividuals with DisabilitiesFarmers/Agriculturally BasedElderly/Senior CitizensUnemployedRural PopulationsPovertyMinority GroupsProjects1415182225348296101SDG 4SDG 3SDG 5SDG 2SDG 16SDG 10SDG 1SDG 11SDG 13SDG 12SDG 6SDG 8SDG 17SDG 7SDG 9SDG 14SDG 15200 150 100 50 0 Primary Target AudienceChildren (up to age 15)Men (25 & up)Women (25 & up)Youth (ages 15-24)Projects1464080445Millennium Fellows supported vulnerable communities andaddressed a range of social and environmental challenges andcollectively, they advance all 17 SDGs . of the projects started as a resultof the Millennium Fellowship59.7%Affordable &Clean EnergyIndustry,Innovation & InfrastructureLife BelowWaterLife onLandPartnershipsfor the GoalsDecent Work &EconomicGrowthClean Water &SanitationResponsibleConsumption& ProductionSustainableCities &CommunitiesPeace, Justice &Strong InstitutionsClimateActionQuality EducationGood Health & Well-beingGender EqualityZero HungerReducedInequalitiesNo Poverty13
The Millennium Fellowship helped me understand ways ofstarting and sustaining a successful social impact project.The Fellowship also provided me with the opportunity tonetwork with other fellows, listen and learn from their ideasand projects.Oreoluwa Kehinde, Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria
Stacey Ombati, Strathmore University - KenyaThe skills I learnt in the program were invaluable. Asa Campus Director, I learnt team management andused this skill in my project. Eszter Brandt, University of Cambridge - UKI have become part of a globalcommunityThe training sessions were amazing. Learning how to do essentialthings such as successfully partner with organisations, identifyingyour community and approaching businesses/philanthropists fordonations was extremely valuable.Julia Hill, Griffith University - AustraliaDeborah Adebayo, University of Lagos - Nigeriaglobal exposure15Kimberly Jayleen Garcia, Cornell University, USAThe Millennium Fellowship gave me an incredible support group thatrooted me every step of the way. From meeting other Fellows from aroundthe world and gaining their input on my project to all the leadershipworkshops my campus group worked through, the Millennium Fellowshiphelped shape me into not only a better leader but a more hopeful person.
Irene Franco Rubio, Arizona State University - USAThe Millennium Fellowship program gave the opportunityto really dive in and discover why I am deeply rooted inactivism and what the purpose of making historicallyunderrepresented voices was really all about.Denise Van Heerden, University of the Western Cape - South AfricaMy project would not have come this far if it were not for the MillenniumFellowship. Not only have I learnt the significance of engaging with mycommunity more, but the Millennium Fellowship has filled the gap inmy project and allowed me to apply alternative approaches by makingme more aware of global topical issues.Oyinkansola Oluwasanjo, University of Lagos - NigeriaThe Millennium fellowship has played a lead supporting role inthe course of our project through the leadership skills learned,from the training sessions which has so far, improved mycollaborations, and as well, I was able to move out of mycomfort zone to explore new things related to my project.16Mohit Kumar, Ashoka University - IndiaThe Millennium Fellowship played an important role insupporting my project as I collaborated with people acrossthe globe to take my project to next level. CLICK ON THE FELLOWS NAMES TO LEARN MORE
of Millennium Fellowsrecommend the program."I recommend this program to a friend who is in amembership or leadership position similar to mine."98.9%Millennium Fellows at Babcock University, NigeriaThe Millennium Fellowship aims to build student leaders competency,confidence, and promote collaboration and career exposure to the socialimpact sector. We do this by providing students with specialized training,connections, and credentials over the course of a semester. In order tomeasure our program’s impact we present a compilation of theevaluation findings for the Class of 2020 pre and post survey. This surveywas completed by all graduating Millennium Fellows. In the remainingsections of the report, we share a summary of the survey results on allcomponents of the programs covering trainings, connections, credentials,and career exposure. OVERALL PROGRAM BENEFITS"I didn't have much expectations when starting out the Fellowship, but by the end of it, I haveto say, it was well worth it and this initiative is an absolute gift to social impact workersstarting out." - Millennium Fellow at Model Engineering College, India17
Hosanhy Africa, is a community-based organization, which spearheadseradication of water-borne diseases in low-income areas and the ruralareas through public education on water treatment methods andimportance of observing proper hygiene always. Millennium Fellow, NjeriMburu, organized education sessions and worked to ensure individuals inher community find ways to access clean water for cooking and drinkingas well as how to always maintain proper hygiene.During the Millennium Fellowship, Hosanhy Africa was able to visit achildren's home in Kayole slum in Kenya, conduct a two-day sessionsprior to a tank installation, hold five sessions with children aged 5-16, twosessions with youths age 17-26 and one session with adults. In total,Mburu's initiative reached a total of 370 community members betweenAugust-December of 2020.Njeri Mburu - University of Nairobi, KenyaHosanhy AfricaFellowship Project Spotlight18
TRAININGSThroughout the Millennium Fellowship, Fellows participate in 6 trainingsessions. These sessions are designed to build the capacity andsustain social impact projects and initiatives through creating andproducing fundamental organizational documentation, practical skillbuilding, facilitated peer feedback, networking, and reflection.
agreed that the Millennium Fellowship hasprovided meaningful opportunities to reflect onempathy.agreed that their understanding of empathy,humility, and inclusion has deepened as a resultof the Millennium Fellowship.98.5%of Millennium Fellows found the trainingsessions and content useful for their leadershipdevelopment.98.2%of Millennium Fellows found the trainingsessions and content useful for their Fellowshipproject.96.7%The Millennium Fellowship gives students the opportunity todeepen their values driven leadership and to learn to lead byexample - with empathy, humility, and inclusion as guidingvalues.Focus on Values-Driven LeadershipOverall Findings: Training SessionMillennium Fellows at Babcock University, Nigeria20
94% 6%92% 8%95% 5%86%14%97%Gained the skills necessary to benefitothers through social impact as aresult of the Millennium Fellowship.97%Improved their management skills as aresult of the Millennium Fellowship.98%Have the leadership skills they need to leadothers in achieving social impact goals. (19.28% increase from pre-survey)95%Agreed that Millennium Fellowshipprovided skills that they would not havegained at their university.Millennium Fellows project at University of Benin, Nigeria21
Six Millennium Fellows from Duke University joined forces with 10 peersto engage people in action for climate change. The team launched"YouChangeEarth", an interactive website, which seeks to answer the"What can I do about climate change?" question. The Fellows are buildinga resource that makes it easy for individuals to find impactful projectsthat reduce carbon emissions and drive sustained engagement withclimate issues. Their goal is to help 2 million people start their own climate journeys, andfunnel them toward the impactful actions our world needs for asustainable future. Over the course of the Millennium Fellowship theteam put in hundreds of hours to finish the development and operationsof the website. Abhinav Jain, Ansh Nanda, Saad Ibrahim, William James,William Reynolds, Kiran Wijesekera - Duke University, USAYou Change EarthFellowship Project Spotlight22
CONNECTIONSMillennium Fellows develop new connections by establishing aFellowship cohort on campus, being a part of the MCN globalcommunity, engaging in facilitated peer feedback process, globalwebinars, and networking opportunities inherent to communitywork.
92% 8%90%10%Consider their peers - other MillenniumFellows - an important part of their futureprofessional network.Have built new relationships with theirpeers through this program and feelstrongly connected to peers on campuswho are also doing social impact work.97%96%"The Fellowship played a three-fold role in supporting my project:imparting necessary tools, providing a network of global leaders I couldleverage, connecting me to passionate young leaders with brimming ideas" Tejashwini Prashar, University College London, UKMillennium Fellows at Sciences Po, France24
Andrew GasnolarSIGA GroupSam Vaghar, MCNFeba Cherian, MillenniumFellowship 2019 AlumnaTolani Odukoya, MillenniumFellowship 2018 AlumnusCassie CrockettSchmidt FuturesSam GillKnight FoundationErika Amoako-Agyei Stanford- SEED CoachRachel Gerrol, NEXUSAbigail Ketchen, MCNNatascha Saunders, TheYouth Career Coach IncEXPLORE THE WEBINARSThe Millennium Fellowship Webinar series was designed as anintergenerational dialogue to inform and inspire MillenniumFellows. For 45 to 60 minutes, Millennium Fellows engage withprofessionals that work or engage in the social impact sector.In 2020, we had a total of 2,461 attendees for our live globalwebinars.MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP WEBINAR SERIES
Class of 2020 Global Webinar SpeakersRakesh RajaniCo-ImpactPia Infante, The WhitmanInstituteThiago Esslinger, MillenniumFellowship 2019 AlumnusAbigail Oppong, MillenniumFellowship 2018 AlumnaKaren Keating AnsaraAnsara Family Fund & NEIDSusan Finegan, MintzLa Neice CollinsUnited NationsSasha ParameswaranUNICEFInes Esteban GonzalezUN WomenMatthew Patsky, TrilliumAsset ManagementRaphael Obonyo Public Policy Analyst26
This year, we piloted a weekly conversation hour for MillenniumFellows. Every Saturday, Millennium Fellows from around theworld convened virtually for 60 minutes to discuss a particularSDG. Most of the conversations focused on the impact ofCOVID-19 on the particular Sustainable Development Goal, andthe role that young people, including Millennium Fellows, play inaddressing these challenges. WEEKLY SDG CONVERSATION HOURS"[The SDG conversation hours] made me think about the SDGs in ways Inever have thought about before. I think discussing the SDGs through suchconversations is the most effective way to do so and will take that with megoing forward."
Rakshit Jain, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityThe webinars offered me first-hand experience of peopleworking in the social impact domain; their tips had a hugeimpact not only on my project but personally as well.
Millennium Fellow Theophilus Venn started the Self Help Garden initiative(SGHI) to promote home grown vegetables and herbs to improve thequality of lives in his local community. Theophilus launched this initiativeto address the pandemics exacerbated impact on poverty and hunger inhis community. SHGI was designed as a result to meet the community'snutritional needs and fight hunger, malnutrition, and illness throughaccess to fresh farm produce right from home.SHGI initiative targeted women and girls under 15 years old. Throughevents and sessions, SHGI was able to reach over 500 individuals andsupport them as they learn more about nutrition and engage in homegardening. Over 100 families have benefited from the initiative since theproject launch on August 2020. Theophilus Venn - University of Benin, NigeriaSelf Help Garden Initiative (SHGI)Fellowship Project Spotlight29
CREDENTIALSThe Millennium Fellowship serves as a starting point for MillenniumFellows to learn about social impact and gain experience advancingthe UN SDGs. Millennium Fellows receive a final certificate ofrecognition from UNAI and MCN upon the completion of theirFellowship requirement.
"I am more prepared to pursue a career in socialimpact as a result of the Millennium Fellowship"96.6%Indicate all resources and/or opportunities you haveaccessed as a result of the Millennium Fellowship:Learned about new kinds of work in the social impact sectorGained beneficial contacts for your projectCareer knowledge about the social impact sectorMentorshipCareer advice in the social impact sectorContacts with my university institutionConnections to global communitiesContacts with local initiativesContacts with local nonprofitsFinancial support for your project or collective actionContacts with local businessesConnection leading to a part-time/temp. paid employment opportunityConnection leading to a full-time paid employment opportunityOther81.23%71.21%67.17%60.52%55.13%52.10%44.87%37.37%33.59%16.33%16.33% 9.09% 4.38%2.10%(965)(846)(798)(719)(655)(619)(533)(444)(399)(194)(194)(108)(52)(25)Millennium Fellow Laiba Basit at NUST, Pakistan 31
Meet the Fellows MORE VIDEOS PRESSFELLOWSHIP BLOGThrough the Millennium Fellowship website, each Millennium Fellow hastheir own profile with their unique URL. This has served as a valuableasset and a "digital profile" for Millennium Fellows to share their work andnetwork with student leaders, supporters, and funders. Millennium Fellows were also featured on various social media outletsthrough the Millennium Fellowship, university press, and other mediaoutlets around the world including NASDAQ, Al-Jazeera, among others. Elevating the work of Millennium Fellows32
95% 5%90%10%Valued the Fellowship's Recognition"Being a Millennium Fellow has elevated or made morevisible my project on campus or in my community."Increased their confidence"I am more confident that I can effectively contribute tosocial impact goals as a result of the MillenniumFellowship"98%97%Millennium Fellows at Baylor University, USA 33
Millennium Fellow Ganesh Dileep at IIT Madras, Indiaadvances SDG13 through the group initiative "Campus ClimateCoalitionMillennium Fellows at University of Ghana, GhanaMillennium Fellow Sonika Poudel implementing her projectThought for Food - adressing SDG 2 and 12Millennium Fellow Leanne Agutu at the University of Nairobiadvancing SDG 2 through her project "PIDHO MIER"
"Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it was frustrating to not be able to connect inperson with my university cohort. Our Zoom sessions were great, but I would haveloved to sit down with them in person!"FEEDBACK ACTION ITEMIncreasing the touch points betweenCampus Directors on each campuswith HQ and other Campus Directorsaround the world. Increase Campus Director check-ins with HQ fromtwo to three required check-ins. Create a specialvirtual town hall for Campus Directors to meet eachother and invite joint publications for Fellowshipblog. Create additional office hours monthly forMillennium Fellows to check-in.Create a formal Alumni Network to ensurecurrent and former Millennium Fellows caneasily network around shared passions andprofessional objectives. Should the training sessions continuevirtually, shorten the sessions toavoid online fatigue and add moreinteractive activities. Reduce recommended virtual session lengthfrom 2 hours to 1.5 hours and include moreicebreaker activities. Ensure at least three webinars are held atoptimal times for Millennium Fellows in Asiaand the Pacific.Engaging and connecting currentFellows with Alumni of theMillennium Fellowship. Diversify the webinar times to beinclusive of all timezones ofparticipating campuses.35LEARNINGS FOR 2021A core facet of the Millennium Fellowship is building robust feedback loops tolearn from Fellows and refine the program. Millennium Fellows completecomprehensive pre and post-program surveys. Based on the feedback ofCampus Directors and Millennium Fellows from check-ins and survey data,here are areas for program improvement in 2021:
Afreen Javed, Indraprastha College For Women - IndiaThe Fellowship journey has been a great learningexperience. From team work to entrepreneurship, there areso many takeaways from this journey. Even though virtuallythis year, this Fellowship became an amazing space toconnect with cohort fellows, fellows with similar mindsetand all the beautiful souls ready to bring about a change.
The Millennium Fellowship is a leadership development programpresented by the United Nations Academic Impact and MCN.Learn more about the program at: millenniumfellows.org