ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018

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 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ANNIE HSU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 4

" The Millennium Fellows community offers a new platform to learn with individuals from diverse backgrounds who share similar passions. A cohort of my peers devoted to various projects will challenge me to further dedicate myself to my project, as well as inspire me to contribute to other sustainable development goals. In this community, I look forward to receive training and learning from my peers to maximize my impact, as well as promoting our collective passion in social impact to our schools and wider communities. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Bridge The Heart

For immigrants, refugees, and new members of our communities, settling and integrating into the new community and surrounding can be a particularly challenging process with linguistic and cultural barriers. Furthermore, our communities’ misunderstandings of and societies’ discrimination against new members further accumulate these challenges. Often, immigrants and refugees feel disconnected from society and lack equal access to opportunities that enable them to participate effectively.

Civic education is “the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). In increasingly competitive societies, the knowledge of how to advocate for oneself in one’s political jurisdiction is critical to an individual’s success, regardless of differences in professional pursuits or backgrounds. However, the civic education curriculum provided by educational institutions is inadequate for fulfilling the objective of civic participation. Through our civic education program, Bridge The Heart fulfills this need by providing experiential learning to maximize youth immigrants’ ability to effectively participate in the civic process. Global citizenship is the notion of all persons having rights and civic responsibilities from being a member of the world community. In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of global affairs and a sense of global responsibility is becoming more important than ever for one’s success and the world’s betterment. Bridge The Heart works to ensure that youth immigrants have the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed in school, engage effectively in their societies and political processes, and achieve leadership potential. By connecting young people in our community, our work at Bridge the Heart serves as a powerful reminder that every individual is a valued member of our community.

Our mission is to provide peer-to-peer support for youth immigrants and refugees through mentorship, participatory civic education, and global citizenship programs. BTH strives to inspire and provide opportunities for youth immigrants and refugees to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization, and global leadership by empowering them to take action on critical challenges facing their communities and our world. Bridge The Heart seeks to address the lack of global education and leadership opportunities catered for youth immigrants and refugees whose ethnic and cultural groups are largely underrepresented academically, politically, and professionally.

About the Millennium Fellow

Annie is a Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, studying International Relations and Political Science. In addition to leadership responsibilities in various student organizations, Annie is a Perry World House Fellow, an intern at the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (a nonprofit program operated by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Penn for research on policy institutes worldwide), and a Wharton Legal Studies research assistant. Passionate about foreign policy and youth advocacy, she was an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a Team Canada delegate at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

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