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 ELLA JOSEPHINE FASCIANO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Tufts University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 7

" I am amazingly excited to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because I believe wholeheartedly in the power of a story to create connection and understanding, and through this program I am excited to turn that dream and idea into a reality. Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved the United Nations and what it stands for, so I am honored to be a part of a community of students from all over the world who believe in our power to help the world and each other. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Generations In Touch

Generations In Touch is a community based program that primarily aims to set up a system to connect community members and isolated elders through weekly phone calls. This program aims to help connect our community while also amplifying elders voices and helping fight the mental and physical effects isolation can have on seniors. Elders who volunteer for this program will be connected with trained volunteers from the community for phone calls. These calls will be at least weekly, lasting for at least 30 minutes but with room for the calls to go on longer. While the main idea is to create conversations, with training and conversation starters provided for the call, a secondary idea is that the elders could opt-in to record the stories that they tell so that they can share their perspectives and pass on their insights and ideas to the rest of the community.

During the Millennium Fellowship, I will grow this project in my hometown and in the Somerville/Medford area where I am located for college. I will create a system with community organizations to reach out to at least 100 seniors and 100 community members. I will create materials and a process for getting volunteers which includes prompts for the phone calls themselves and training materials for the volunteers. I will set up at least 100 ongoing phone call conversations.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ella Fasciano is a Civic Studies with a Peace and Justice Track and a Film and Media Studies student at Tufts University. She believes that amplifying diverse human stories is the way to create a more connected and understanding world. Her project Generations in Touch aims to connect communities and help elders share their stories while fighting against isolation by connecting community members and isolated elders. Ella is passionate about telling stories through writing, documentaries, interviews, and more, and she loves exploring new places and playing music with her family and friends and on her college radio station.

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