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 JAGATH JIJO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Govt. Model Engineering College | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9
" I, being someone working on a dream project to help people with mental health struggles, found this Millennium Fellowship as an amazing source of motivation to turn this dream into a reality. With the support from the rest of my team and the network I gain through this fellowship. I hope to create a great impact in making the lives of the people, facing these struggles, much easier. Helping them overcome stigma and provide cheaper means of mental healthcare are my major goals to achieve during the course of this fellowship. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: LifeBoat
LifeBoat is a project that aims to help the overwhelming number of people in India who are affected by mental health issues, especially in the state of Kerala, and are unwilling or unable to seek professional help because of the stigma present in India society that discourages professional mental health care. People who do seek help often do so in total secrecy, and the difficulty of doing this is a another issue to be dealt with. LifeBoat helps people improve themselves by providing both free and paid services, from listening to calming ambient sound or music, to booking an appointment with a psychologist and seeking professional help entirely online in complete anonymity. The team will also try to create communities in local areas to act as self help groups for people who need friendship, and simply someone else to talk to. This has proven very helpful in other countries, but never attempted effectively in Indian localities.
The project goals include;
1. Complete the development and deploy the mobile application.
2. Creating a website to help people familiarize with the project and use the service if necessary.
3. Registration of a minimum of 16 mental health experts on the app.
4. Provision of service for a minimum of 100 users in the first month of deployment.
About the Millennium Fellow
Jagath Jijo is a college student currently doing his sophomore in Model Engineering College on Computer Science Engineering. He is very passionate about programming, designing and business. He has prior experience in leading a community and always looks for opportunities to help the people around him. Him and his friends decided to work on the app LifeBoat as they felt it was very much needed in the current society. The Millennium Fellowship will open so much more opportunities for Jagath.