ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT RADHIKA BANERJEE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Ashoka University | Haryana, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 8
" The Millennium Fellowship gives me the platform I need to kick-start a project that contributes to community well-being. The fellowship also paired me with several admirable individuals I can collaborate with and take inspiration from. Additionally, I'm grateful to be working with a team of extraordinary fellows, each of whom bring revolutionary ideas to the table and I believe I have much to learn from them. Finally, the program connects me with influential people working in the social sector globally and equips me with the training toolkit and recognition I need to deliver a successful project. With these resources under my belt, how wouldn't I be excited to be a Fellow? "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Solidarity from Solitude
Aimed at an audience of teenagers and young adults, Solidarity from Solitude seeks to offer individuals a chance to expand their network of social connections at a time where meeting others is discouraged. I intend to set up a support group for young people battling social isolation due to the pandemic and connect them to both each other and external mental health resources that they can potentially tap into. The project mainly features group meetings that would typically be held thrice a week where people convene, participate in ice-breakers and online games or just chat over tea and coffee. Our team would ideally partner with mental health clubs and organizations on campus to streamline our plans of action. Occasionally, the team also seeks to rope in professionals to deliver webinars on good mental health practices.
The intent is to measure progress and impact through a standard feedback form and to determine the project's reach by marking the number of participants. Currently, we aim to collect about 200-300 forms over the course of the fellowship and reach about 500 young adults in total.
About the Millennium Fellow
Currently a Psychology major, Radhika Banerjee's passionate about making mental health resources more accessible, especially in times of isolation. She's incredibly open to building new social connections and is always on board for a good chat!
She spends her leisure time swimming, reading and (recently) bingeing episodes of a good series. You may also occasionally find her breaking into song or cracking a terrible joke. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, she's open to trying new experiences, experimenting with ideas and is always up for an intellectual conversation or brainstorming session!