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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations.  30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. 

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. 


Alma College l Michigan, USA l Advancing SDG 12 and UNAI 9

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“I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow and a member of the Big Box Farm Project because of the positive impact it will have on my own community and in other cities around the world. It is great to see young people making a good, substantial different in the world.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

The Box Farm Project is aimed at ensuring year-round access to sustainable and nutritious food by converting an abandoned former K-Mart building into an indoor aquaponic facility. The project is operating in an area of the Midwest where there is higher level of poverty and increase access to nutritional food will play a key role in increasing community health and wellness as well as to stimulate the local economy and better the environment by promoting shopping locally. Additionally, the project focus on the reutilization of existing infrastructure. 

The projected outcomes of our project by December of 2018 include operating a small scale aquaponics system to serve as a model for our long term goal of a full scale aquaponics facility. This small scale model will allow for experiments to be run on how to most efficiently run the system, as well as better plan for the operating cost and factors of a full scale system. This also provides an opportunity to bring campus and community together through outreach events. Building this relationship is one of the most important focuses for the project moving forward. Another focus will be on fundraising efforts for the purchase of the K-Mart facility and equipment. 

The long term goal is to create a full scale indoor farming facility and food network for mid-Michigan. This network will provide nutritional local food for large hubs like schools and hospitals as well as for household consumption. The team aims to raise community health and ensure access to nutritional food no matter a person’s income level. 

About the Millennium Fellow

Cassidy Beach is a sophomore at Alma College, double majoring in Anthropology and English with a minor in Psychology. At Alma she is member of the Model United Nations team, the Women’s Soccer team, and the Presidential Honor’s Program. Last year she earned a Girl Scout Gold Award and a Presidential Service Award for her community outreach. Cassidy has a strong passion for helping others and intends to pursue humanitarian work as a career.