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 DYLAN PAUL BABCOCK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Washburn University | Kansas, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3
" As a fellow, I am excited to have the opportunity to make positive changes in the sex education policies in the school districts of Shawnee County and possibly schools throughout the State of Kansas. My core belief of the right to a quality education is what makes me passionate to push for these changes. I am a person who greatly values respect, hard work, trust, humility, and good listening. These values, combined with my will to find success in what I do, are what drive me to work with others, find solutions, and make accomplishments. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Project ISE
This project aims to provide better quality, progressive sex education for public schools in Topeka, Kansas and Shawnee County, Kansas, possibly pushing for change at the state level. This includes programs for members of the LGBTQ+ community. They emphasize consent, safe sex, and STI/STD prevention. We have worked with a local and regional organization, Positive Connections, who provides free HIV and other STD/STI testing, as well as other STD/STI prevention services. They helped us gain more knowledge on the topic and have connected us with people who have expertise in our project topics. They connected us with Dr. Lee Norman, the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and his staff. KDHE will be a major partner as we continue with our project to make progress, starting in the Topeka Public Schools (USD 501). They have many resources and connections that we will be able to access as we continue to move forward. Moving forward, we will be finalizing which sexual health program should be used in the local public schools. This model program will revolve around providing a relaxed, safe, and non-judgemental zone for students to learn and encourage students to hold each other accountable for consent and contraception usage. The KDHE will help us with this process through communication with other school districts in the state and other states in the country. Once we decide upon the program and develop a further knowledge in sexual health information, we will begin discussion with local public school administrators. We will be able to measure our progress and success by how far we can move toward implementation in the Topeka Public Schools (USD 501). If we move forward with trying to make changes in other Shawnee County school districts, we will be able to measure progress by the amount of school districts and students that our project serves.
About the Millennium Fellow
Dylan Babcock is a sophomore at Washburn University studying Accounting and minoring in Leadership Studies. Dylan currently serves as the Marketing Team Leader of the Washburn Leadership Institute Student Leadership Council, the Vice-Chairman of the Campus and Community Affairs Committee on the Washburn Student Government Association (WSGA), and Vice-Chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for WSGA. When Dylan isn't busy with his studies, extracurricular activities, or working, he enjoys catching up with his favorite TV shows, spending time with friends, keeping up with the political world, and trying out new coffee shops and restaurants in Topeka.