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 KATHARINA GUTJAHR-HOLLAND, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Griffith University | Queensland, Australia | Advancing SDG 4, SDG 12, SDG 17 & UNAI 3
" I am excited to connect with like-minded peers on my campus and across the world. I believe that young people can create positive social impact when we work together. This network is invaluable for the years ahead that are filled with uncertainty. I want to leverage my position of privilege to support others in the community. Particularly, I am interested in the determinants of health and how these shine the light on inequitable access to healthcare. I envision a world where good health and wellbeing is not a privilege but attainable for every person. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Peek-A-Book
Peek-A-Book supports children of refugee and asylum seeker background while utilising a surplus of discarded books. They collect secondhand books from the community, wrap them and sell them with only clues written on the front. These clues give an idea of the genre and type of book that is wrapped, but it does not give away the exact nature of the novel. The wrapped books are sold to raise money for educational resources which are donated to the Multicultural Families Organisation that supports children of refugee and asylum seeker background. The project values are not judging a book by its cover and the importance of environmental sustainability. The measurable outcomes include the number of hours volunteered, the number of books sold, the amount of money raised and also the services the Multicultural Families Organisation is able to provide with our support.
Over the coming few months, the team hopes to deepen the relationship with their partner organisation and reach over 50 young people from asylum seeker and refugee background. They will create a ‘communication’ (video, article) to raise awareness for their project as well as the Multicultural Families Organisation. They will also hold a minimum of 1 stall to sell wrapped books.
About the Millennium Fellow
Katharina Gutjahr-Holland is a 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholar and in her final year of a Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health). She believes in leadership through service and is a strong supporter of student-led initiatives that create positive social impact. Katharina's main passion is understanding how socioecological factors interact to produce different health outcomes in communities.