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. 

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BRANDON MAHONEY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

The University of South Florida | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" The Millennium Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for driven, passionate young people to collaborate and create positive change on a macroscopic scale. Thanks to the Millennium Fellowship, I am ecstatic to develop my plans to help the next generation of American youth, especially those who are in environments of abuse, neglect, and trauma. Every child deserves an environment that fosters their interests and promotes their personal growth. In fact, it was this environment that has propelled me to where I am today, and every child - in America and around the world - deserves the chance to thrive. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Transforming Tampa. Together.

The best way to supplement the growth and development of elementary-age children, but especially those from poor backgrounds/upbringings is to reach out and install programming in schools and community centers across the City of Tampa and perhaps even Hillsborough County. The goal of this project is to work with school leaders and administrative staff to develop or supplement programming across Tampa to teach children social growth and responsibility, provide mentorship and team-building, and academic support for those who need it most, especially during these trying times.

Hillsborough County is one of the largest school districts in the country, so the untapped student body is one that can be an immense advantage, but also a staggering overcoming for a project at the VERY beginning stages such as this one. However, I am determined to begin implementation of these programs and initiatives at a local elementary school which houses 745 students from grades PreK-5. This goal is half-specific: it is an on campus school that can provide a testing ground close to college student leaders to help out, but it is a very small portion of the district as a whole, which is the eventual goal. Therefore, this 745 person school is the initial goal, but numbers are difficult to visualize in these VERY early stages.

About the Millennium Fellow

Brandon Mahoney is a second year student studying psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. From his work with children from abusive and neglectful environments, he has become inspired to enter the field of public policy, striving to create meaningful legislation that protects the children of the United States and allows them to thrive. His other main interest in child advocacy also revolves around the growing mental health crisis in the youth population, exacerbated by the COVID-19 isolation nationwide. Originally from Boston, MA, Brandon enjoys soccer, tennis, and cheering for his local sports teams.