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 IRENE DOUGHAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
University of Cape Coast | Cape Coast, Ghana | Advancing SDG 8 & UNAI 1
" I am so excited to have been selected to participate in the 2019 Millennium Fellowship because of the training opportunity, the impact I will make through the platform given me and the networking opportunity I will gain. Now, I will have the opportunity to learn from a lot people who are of the same age with me and yet causing changes in numerous countries all around the world. He who is faithful in little is faithful in much. Be faithful with whatever work you have at hand and promotion will soon locate you. Success is worked for. Dream big always. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Arise And Shine
Central Region is noted to be one of the less priviledged regions in Ghana with records of high rate teenage pregnancy , school drop outs and unemployment. As a social enterprenuer and someone who has benefited from the social impact of organizations such as the MasterCard foundation scholarship at Camfed, Believrs LoveWorld Incorporated and Youth Empowerment Synergy , I believe I can be a part of something big and be the change we all want to see in the Central Region. I decided to embark on the project Arise and Shine when I got the opportunity to particilate in this year's millennium fellowship so that I can make a positive impact in the Region starting from thier capiltal city known as Cape Coast. The project Arise and Shine is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 8. Which is Decent Work and Economic Growth. The focus of the project was to assist the youth in Ntsin,Ayiden and Gyegyem to gain informal skills in hairdressing,carpentry and others which would be beneficial in making them become self employed so that the high rate of teenage pregnancy,robbery and other social vices in the area would reduce. I believe that someone who has been empowered stands a better chance to empower others. The three communities have records of high rate of social vices such as armed robbery and drug abuse as well as yeenage pregnancy and school drop outs. There is a lot to be done here but I believe that we could all start from somewhere and make the change that we want to see. I decided to focus on the unemployment challenge as the main goal while solutions to the other challenges are indirectly imbeded in it. The project is currently at the implementation stage. So far, we have encountered a lot of challenges. One of these major challenges were that none of the owners of capentary shops,hairdressing salons and others were not willing to accept the youths and train them for free so my team and I had to develop another strategy to achieve the goals of the project. We have therefore decided to take them through liquid soap production and tye and dye production. As at now, we have been able to make our motives known to their community leaders particularly the assembly man of the area and his team and they have been of great help to us. They have given us their word to help in the organization of the community members to participate in all the skills acquisition training that we would carry out early this December and they have given an assurance to arrange a venue for us to use for free for all of our training sessions in this month and we are grateful for thier support. This is a sign of thier commitment to my project which shows thier readiness to receive all that we have for them and I am very much grateful. As at now, the impact may seem to be small but give it time and I know the transgormation would be grater than this. January will make our monitoring sessions where we would go back to the communities and do one on one evaluation to find out how the skills acquisition training has helped them. This would reflect in how many of them would use the training to make products to sell at a fee as well as those who would make the products for thier personal consumption. Then, we would aldo give them the opportunity to share with us thier challenges and motivation so far and get to know the extent to which the project benefitted them individually. This would have my team and I to know the necessary actions to take for massive progress to take place. Growth is planned for and success is planned for so we will work with those who are willing and ready to learn and make income out of it. As a means to employ a number of those who would excel, I have also spplied for funds through the scholars enyerprenurship fund fo set up a beauty salon where they could utilize what they ve learnt so far. The impact is worth
About the Millennium Fellow
Irene Doughan is a Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Cape Coast offering management as her major. She is a social change activist who has volunteered and made impact through the agency of various non governmental organizations such as CAMFED Ghana, YES Ghana And the Inner City Missions at the Belivers LoveWorld Nations Incorporated. She looks forward to shine more like never before.