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 PRAKASH VASANTHAKUMAR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
The University of South Florida | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 8
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow as I believe that it is a wonderful platform for me to pursue my initiative, H-ART-fulness for Kids, and address the issue of poor mental health among children, which is most often taken for granted in our society. I am also excited to meet other young leaders from whom I will be able to gain a lot of inspiration. I especially want to learn how to properly build support for an initiative. I can ensure that I will use this opportunity to help our future generation go through hard times. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: H-ART-fulness for Kids
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many kids to stay in their homes, which has contributed to the development of stress in the young population. The H-ART-fulness for Kids project was initiated to help children effectively manage their stress. It has been scientifically proven that art and meditation are effective in reducing stress levels. Hence, this project intends to incorporate art into Heartfulness meditation, a way of life that focuses on discovering the heart. The children will participate in virtual sessions that include art lessons and simple Heartfulness relaxation exercises, provided by trained volunteers. Incorporating Heartfulness into elementary education has only been executed in few schools across the United States. Therefore, my mission is to spread Heartfulness to more children and develop a peace-loving future generation. We are targeting to reach around 300 students by this December.
About the Millennium Fellow
Prakash Vasanthakumar is a sophomore at the University of South Florida. He is a Biomedical Sciences major. He is a pre-medical student, aspiring to pursue an MD degree to become a physician. He is involved in clinical research, community service, leadership positions, and the fine arts.