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 CLAIRE SLINEY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 1
" Being a Millennium Fellow allows me to expand the boundaries of my own passion project to engage with other social justice-minded individuals. I can't wait to be part of such powerful, impactful, and ethically motivated community. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: The Pad Project
The Pad Project seeks to change the narrative of girls being devalued by their periods by providing them with tools to combat stigmas around menstruation.
We raise money to fund the installation of sanitary pad machines that women and girls in operate in their communities and earn wages. The pads can be sold for a fraction of their normal price to those who would otherwise be unable to afford them. We are currently working in rural villages in India but hope to expand further.
We also partner with a nonprofit called Action India to conduct trainings in the villages on topics from how to operate machine, to what menstruation is.
Finally, prior to the fellowship we created an awareness documentary called PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. that documents the implementation of The Pad Project and the installation of a pad machine in one village.
During this fellowship, my project consisted of raising more money using social media posting. I also worked to schedule two events that will consist of a screening of PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. along with a Q&A. The events require $5 entry, all of which goes directly to The Pad project, and a pad/tampon drive to directly benefit the Philadelphia female homeless community.
About the Millennium Fellow
Upon learning that girls in developing countries were dropping out of school due to their lack of hygienic menstrual products, Claire helped found The Pad Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates under the conclusion that "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education."
Claire is sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) with a minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. She hopes to integrate these courses of study into her future work with The Pad Project.