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 MENNAL ZAFAR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" This Fellowship will give me a community of students on campus that are interested in pursuing action to mitigate any one of the social issues that plague our world today. I, specifically, am interested in developing a plan of action to restructure our educational systems today, in order to increase equity and accessibility both domestically and globally. This Fellowship will help me organize an initiative around what I'm most passionate about, all the while being challenged by the ideas of other talented, creative individuals who care about changing the status quo. As a first generation low income student, I find it my responsibility to give back in ways that I can to challenge our position. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: First Mentors Program
As recent immigrants and first-generation low-income students, cultural shock and financial barriers, among many others, proved to be the backbone of the "American dream." The lack of college preparatory resources, academic assistance, and guidance forced us to navigate our high school careers with great uncertainty for college acceptances and beyond, making us feel unprepared and behind in both our educational, personal and professional lives.
Thus, upon being accepted to Penn, we decided to tutor and advise students, both in our respective high schools in the US and in our home countries, on standardized testing, financial aid counseling, scholarship opportunities, and college preparedness free of cost. We believe mentors are the first step in supporting the upward mobility of students.
To expand our tutoring services in the West Philadelphia community, we initiated the First Mentors Program, which is designed to introduce college preparedness and professional development to students who are underrepresented in higher education. Through our host community, Moder Patshala, we would provide free standardized test prep and various college preparatory workshops to first-generation low-income students with higher frequency, commitment, and consistency. My goal with this project is to have a strong base of mentors, mentees and alumni by the start of October (about 50 each). We hope to kickstart our SAT/ACT/Subject test sessions by the start of October.
About the Millennium Fellow
Mennal is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying psychology and cognitive science. As a South Asian Muslim who has a low income and first generation background, she is passionate about advocating for equal access to education, a fundamental right, for many marginalized and underprivileged groups. She loves going on walks, listening to podcasts, and traveling!