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 ASHIMA AGARWAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

University of Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 10

" I am excited to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship and have the opportunity to connect with passionate, like-minded students from all around the world. It will be enriching to work with people with diverse backgrounds, but aligned in our shared interests and common goals. I am eagerly looking forward to collaborating with this community! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Healthy Heroes Pittsburgh (HHP)

Healthy Heroes Pittsburgh (HHP) aims to promote the wellbeing and longevity of low-income Pittsburgh neighborhoods by increasing awareness of the importance of eating nutritious foods and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. The team will host interactive workshops for children ages 5-7 and their parents to learn the foundations of keeping physically and mentally fit. Lessons topics can include whole food meal preparation, analyzing nutrition labels/ingredients, minimizing screen-time, and practicing mindfulness. The curriculum is distinct in that it is tailored to the needs of the Pittsburgh public, carefully considering local food access, budgets, and work schedules. Information provided is backed by scientific research, incorporating recent and relevant findings. HHP will also provide parents with resources regarding local food suppliers, organizations, and government assistance programs. These sessions will be delivered in the fall in city community centers. Additionally, in order to ensure the impact of this project is sustainable in the long-term, Ashima will work to facilitate community partnerships between local businesses and food pantries in order to make nutritious, locally-sourced, and affordable meals accessible to all. Lack of access to nutritious foods and poor health literacy is one of the largest social determinants of health. Through Healthy Heroes Pittsburgh, Ashima wishes to abate the increasingly large health disparities that affect the Pittsburgh area.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ashima Agarwal is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a double major in biology and psychology with a double minor in creative writing and chemistry. She is passionate about using her platform and voice to eliminate health disparities, on both a local and global level. Ashima serves as the Vice President and Chief of Finance of Pitt's Student Government Board, and has run successful mental health and menstrual health campaigns in the past. Ashima is excited to use the platform afforded to her through the Millennium Fellowship to continue to create tangible change!

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