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 805 Millennium Fellows. 

During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MICHAEL POCRESS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

" I am interested in the Millennium Fellowship because I want to connect with students and professionals on my campus and around the world who are as passionate about leadership, public service, and social impact as I am.

Since coming to Cornell, I have met inspiring students and faculty who helped me develop my world view and have challenged me academically and professionally. Through my volunteer work and involvement with different groups on- and off-campus, I have developed a mission to bring about positive change. I believe the Millennium Fellowship can provide me with a good platform to do exactly that. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Food Waste Feedback

For some, Ithaca can be described as a Food
Desert - an area in which it is difficult to buy
affordable or good-quality fresh food. With the
temporary closing of Anabel's, on Cornell's
campus, it is increasingly challenging for
students to access fresh food. This has led
many students to search for quick, cheap, and
unhealthy alternatives. Additionally, there is a
growing number of students who do not have
the financial resources to purchase fresh food
at all. Together, these two issues are part of a
greater problem known as food insecurity - the
state of being without reliable access to a
sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Studies have shown that an estimated 20% to
33% of students at four year colleges
experience food insecurity.
My project would work to address food
insecurity on Cornell's campus and the greater
Ithaca area. For example, I would like to
propose the Student Cooking Program, this
will be a short series of demos during the
semester designed for students and other
Ithaca residents. With the help of Cornell
dining, campus chefs can provide cooking
demonstrations, easy-to-make recipes, and
suggested shopping lists for those living on a
budget.

About the Millennium Fellow

Michael Pocress is an undergraduate student studying applied economics and management at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Micheal's academic interests include economics, law, and developmental studies. On campus, Michael is actively involved in the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and the Emerging Markets Institute - a think tank focused on the global economy, geopolitics, and economic development.

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