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 ABENEZER MECHALE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" I'm excited to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because it will give me the opportunity to meet like-minded students and expand the impact of my project. The Afro-Wellness initiative is meant to provide African internationals at Penn with a space to build community and address the challenges of being an African international student. I was inspired to work on this project when I noticed that most of us face similar challenges but had no platform to support one another. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Afro-Wellness Initiative
Afro-Wellness Initiative project is targeted at promoting mental health among African international students at the University of Pennsylvania. This is important because due to cultural bias, most students don't take mental health seriously and consider it a taboo topic. However, as young students adjusting to life in a new cultural and academic environment, most are likely to struggle with mental health at one point or another. Throughout the 4 months, I aim to host 6 events to promote community and follow up with students via post-event surveys and checking in during stressful times (such as exam season).
About the Millennium Fellow
Abenezer is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, hailing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With concentrations in development economics and business analytics, Abenezer is closely involved with the Social Impact Consulting group and the African community on campus. In his spare time, Abenezer enjoys jogging, music and watching documentaries.