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 MIRIAM LAEKY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Baylor University | Texas, United States | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1
" I am very humbled to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship and am looking forward to sparking intentional and authentic change in my community. Generational poverty is a huge issue and breaking the cycle for individuals is the first step in creating systemic change in our communities. My parents came to the United States so that I could have a better opportunity, and this investment allows me to give back and fight for others. As a first-generation Ethiopian/Eritrean-American woman, I want to show other ambitious young women that they can have a seat at the table and be the leaders the world needs them to be. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: SIC (Serving In Communities) Waco Project
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
Miriam Laeky is a first-generation Ethiopian/Eritrean-American from Allen, TX studying Political Science and Spanish at Baylor University. Miriam began her career as a Student Fellow for Beto O'Rourke's 2018 Senate Campaign, which inspired her mom to vote for the first time since emigrating to the U.S almost 30 years ago. Since then, she has focused her advocacy on mobilizing civic engagement, representation, and equity in her Texas communities. She has worked with organizations such as the Texas Democratic Party, as a Legislative Aide for the Texas Legislature, and a Swing Left College Fellow. She serves as a Texas Civic Ambassador through the Annette Strauss Institute at UT Austin and is the founder of the Waco Civic Alliance initiative which aims to promote representation in politics. As Shirley Chisolm once said, 'If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair'. Miriam has served as a Campaign Fellow on various state and federal campaigns and currently as a Press intern with the MJ Hegar for Texas U.S Senate campaign.