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 MACKENZIE ANN SMART, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

UNC Charlotte | North Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 1, SDG 2 & UNAI 1

" I am so honored to have been chosen to participate in the Millennium Fellowship. I am excited to be around like-minded individuals and see how all of our different backgrounds and experiences will combine to make innovative discoveries for a better tomorrow. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Blessing the Queen City

Blessing the Queen City is a service-based project where we will be establishing “blessing boxes” around UNC Charlotte and the surrounding area with the purpose of providing non-perishable food items and toiletries to people in need. These blessing boxes will mainly be stocked by online fundraisers, holding donation drives on our campus, and asking neighbors/local businesses to donate as well. We will plant 30 donation boxes on campus and the surrounding areas to acquire 300-450 items on a bi-weekly basis.

There is a potential for food banks in the area to sponsor us so we can branch out beyond our campus. Strategic locations of blessing boxes will be placed around the LYNX Light Rail for accessibility to low-income residents. We will promote our project over social media, to create awareness and engage the community to help with food deserts and food insecurity, hoping to touch the lives of 400-499 people.

About the Millennium Fellow

Mackenzie Smart went to the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Legal Studies. She has studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago, interned at an award winning immigration law firm, and worked on a grant focused on teaching interfaith to the children of Charlotte, all while maintaining her position on the Chancellor's List. She was the recipient of the Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Scholarship and going to be a TA this semester. But perhaps her most important position is helping to raise her two younger brothers. She is passionate about education and making a difference in the world.

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