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 MADELEINE KAY LEDENYI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
UNC Charlotte | North Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 2 & UNAI 1
" Access to food and toiletries is a basic human right. Without these necessities, lifting oneself out of poverty is made even more difficult. The Millennium Fellowship means I am part of a team that has the opportunity to make this access a reality for underserved people in our community. "
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
Madeleine Ledenyi is a junior at UNC Charlotte majoring in public health. She grew up on a small farm in Wendell, North Carolina. Madeleine is spending her summer 2020 as a research assistant in the Social Work Department through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Summer Program. She is on the e- board for Health Care Justice at UNC Charlotte. She also works at a pediatric dental office providing COVID- 19 screenings for patients and their families. Her interests surround eliminating healthcare disparities, social justice, the environment, and food.