ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
Janessa has a significant passion for sustainability and creating a safer, more economically- and environmentally-aware future. She vies for connecting with individuals from different backgrounds, perspectives, and beliefs to create a global community of trust, safety, and efficiency. The Millennium Fellowship offers the opportunity to gain international perspectives and connections from like-minded individuals and peers to kickstart a stronger, interconnected future.
Millennium Fellowship Project: LIFE Skills Initiative
The objective of the LIFE Skills Initiative is to reach out to Title I high schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area and give the students access to resources they can use to learn helpful life skills. These include lifestyle, interpersonal, financial, and educational skills, which make up the acronym LIFE for our project name. We want to give them information about these areas so they can be better equipped to handle their futures, whether they take the college path or getting a job straight out of high school. We hope that by giving them these tools, they’ll be able to break the poverty cycle they experience and give themselves and their children better lives.
About the Millennium Fellow
Janessa Schwallie is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and German-language. She acts as the treasurer for UNC Charlotte's University Honors Program and student chapter of the Tau Beta Pi engineering society. Janessa also developed and facilitated Find Your Future as an alumni of the Lee College of Engineering's Leadership Academy. A career-pathways initiative, Find Your Future partnered with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, connecting young adults with industry speakers to expose them to potential career options.