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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



African Leadership University | Pamplemousses, Mauritius | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 5


" Social impact and genuine connection with the individuals I work with in the community is what drives me to do what I do. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship gives me an opportunity to create strong partnership that will drive impact in my community projects. The skills I gain from the Millennium Fellowship will make my social impact on reducing inequalities more impactful and aligned with the UNAI principles and SDGS. I want to be a part of this fellowship to challenge myself and create a sustainable social change especially in my community. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: You Matter Initiave

Most students in rural areas lack knowledge about the variety of opportunities (both academics and non-academic) available to them after graduation. It is divided into two main parts and also has a minor feature which would be a podcast. The first part of the project involves organizing campaigns and visiting schools in remote rural areas in Ghana to enlighten high school students from these schools about the opportunities and programs available to high school students. The Ashesi team will walk them through what they have to do to be fully equipped with the necessary skills to be entitled to these opportunities.

The second part of the problem involves organizing a 3-month mentorship program between high school students from rural areas with student volunteers from universities worldwide. The mentor-mentee pairing will be done considering the students' career aspirations. Through this mentorship program, the students will learn from their seniors who when through the process before them. They will be able to gain guidance concerning their path after high school graduation. The podcast would focus on having talks with student entrepreneurs. This would be to discuss how these entrepreneurs came up with their business what inspires them and advice they would give to other students. The Ashesi team sees this as a necessary feature of the project because we would not want students to only focus of graduating and finding work. However, we would want some of these students to start up business which would in tend employ their mates and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. This project is mainly focused on advancing SDG 4 and promoting the goal 5 of UNAI goals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Serah Samuel is a self-motivated young rising entrepreneur currently pursuing an honours degree in Business Management at the African Leadership College. She was born in Mombasa, Kenya, resides in Kilifi, Kenya and is currently studying in Mauritius. For as long as she can remember, Serah has always been passionate about her advocacies for girl child empowerment and quality education. This drive translated itself from Serah’s experiences growing up as a girl child in a village where girls were less privileged than a boy child and her continuous desire to improve the lives of individuals who have been disproportionately affected by the aforementioned issues. Throughout her high school years and currently in her college years, she has endlessly participated in various projects that aim to bring change in less fortunate people in her community. Additionally, she founded an organization whose mission is to develop strategies that would empower the less privileged in her community. Through her leadership, Serah plans to continue volunteering and working to support the community in the future. Serah thrives to be in professional field where she can continue these advocacies further, grow her organization to support more people and contribute to the development of the United Nation’s Sustainable Goals.

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