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 LAKESYN RAE MELIA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Baylor University | Texas, United States | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1
" I am looking forward to being a part of the Millennium Fellowship because it allows me to work toward a goal that will impact more than just my own life. As a student at a very conservative university, it has been difficult to find students who are passionate about making a difference. I am so excited to get to know the people in my cohort, because they seem very like-minded to me. I know we will all grow so much from this experience, not only as a group, but also individually. We are working toward bridging the gap between Baylor students and the Waco community, which is vital in order to make Baylor a less judgmental place. We are very excited to start working toward this goal. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Serving Impoverished Communities (SIC)
The project will be serving the local community of Waco, Texas. Unfortunately, Waco's poverty rate is incredibly high at just over 27%. Due to this, their project will be focusing on combating poverty through two main initiatives: a Christmas toy donation and a Thanksgiving food giveaway for the homeless. The Fellows hope to work to help low-income students during the holiday season and it is especially more vital to extend their support with the economic affects of the COVID-19 virus. The project goal is to not only combat poverty, but also foster a deeper connection between Baylor and the people of its community. The Fellows plan on fundraising and hosting online events to further engage the students of Baylor and hopefully cultivate a desire to make a deeper impact on the community of Waco through the aid and support in combating poverty and hunger in the area. The Fellows are fully prepared to do this project virtually all while still completing their original goals. They plan to organize a drive-thru system for non-perishable food/toy donations that can then be distributed to low-income students and Baylor and their families. In the end, the Fellows hope to support at least 1,500 people with their project while striving for the UN's No Poverty goal.
About the Millennium Fellow
Lakesyn Melia is a sophomore Political Science major at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is originally from a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. With a passion for social activism and policy, Lakesyn hopes to attend law school after obtaining her Bachelor's degree.