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 RYAN AFREEN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

" I am honored to be part of the Millennium Fellowship and to receive the opportunity to work with like minded peers in a diverse environment. This platform shall allow me to expand my passion for advocacy, through concrete solutions, in healthcare, women's rights, and education policy as well as engage in more socially driven work that draws on the perspectives of the underserved and underpriviledged populations. As a Millennium Fellow, I will strive to dismantle the racial, financial, and cultural inequities that seek to structure institutions, and ensure quality education becomes accessbile for all. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: First Mentors Program

As recent immigrants and first-generation low-income students, cultural shock and financial barriers deconstructed a rigid educational background for us that is the backbone of the American dream. The lack of college preparatory resources, academic assistance, and guidance obligates us to navigate our high school careers with great uncertainty for college acceptances, making us feel unprepared and behind. Thus, I initiated a unique approach towards tutoring services in the West Philadelphia community, establishing First Mentors. First Mentors is a free comprehensive tutoring program designed to introduce college preparedness, professional development, scholarship and financial aid facilitation, and mental health and diverse other workshops to students who are underrepresented in higher education. First Mentors aims to create a positive academic impact and personal outcomes, nurturing social and emotional support that lack in our community for first-generation, low-income students.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ryan Afreen is a passionate education and women's rights advocate who is the founding member of several non-profits that aim to serve marginalized communities by bridging gaps in educational and medical services.

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