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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. 



Columbia University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 8 & UNAI 2


" I am extremely excited and honored to form part of this year's Millennium Fellowship cohort, as it provides a structured support system for young leaders across nationalities to impact their communities through collective action. I hope that our projects meet objectives in addressing the challenges presented to our communities through systemic inequalities, climate change, and human rights infringements, especially in light of compounded complications brought about by the ongoing pandemic. This is an incredible opportunity in instigating change, and I look forward both to meeting and collaborating with all my Fellow recipients. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: ALPFA Para Puerto Rico

The project aim is to accurately collect data and conduct reports on the severity of the situation (internally displaced Puerto Ricans after the 2017-18 natural disaster events), reach out to their base of professional contacts across New York in order to offer workshops in adjusting to the employment cycle in the city, and lastly raise aid and food relief for the most vulnerable among the community.
The first step is crucially important, as without proper data, the communities cannot be most optimally served, with the data having implications beyond just the project. This would allow for better allocation of resources, a shedding of light unto a rarely discussed issue, and a overall wider impact in other social organizations (such as the Julia de Burgos Center for example).
The second step aligns their association with the social impact goal, using their expertise as a predominantly professional campus organization to connect newcomers into a stable lifestyle.
The last step seeks to cover the base of the most affected by recent events, providing direct aid to those that need it most. This may also serve these members in allowing them the privilege of attending their sessions or other services rather than be preoccupied with the stress that such an insecurity brings.
Overall, the team strive for a project that can bring longer term changes to a population in need.
1. They will conduct data surveys about the afflicted community. They will release two reports (one op-ed, one research paper).
2. They will plan three career-readiness panels/sessions alongside professional partners (Intro to New York Business Culture, Finding Spanish-speaking positions, Personal Finance in the City).
3. They will operate two large-scale food drives within the project time period, attempting to reach 100 people each time with packets of food relief for one week.

About the Millennium Fellow

Manuel Enrique Feigl is a current senior in the dual degree program between Columbia University and Sciences Po, pursuing studies in political science and economics, and remains an avid supporter of international education. Through his studies and work, Manuel is primarily passionate about languages, post-colonial independence movements, international development, and economic equality. He has participated and contributed to events such as the UN Climate Action Summit, the International Conference on Sustainable Development, and the European Youth Parliament. Manuel hopes to continue his studies at the graduate level, researching economic arguments for decolonization and more nuanced approaches towards the global economy.

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