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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.



Florida International University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 1


" Adaptability, effective communication, and compassion have become the cornerstone mantras of making my dream of eradicating homelessness in Miami-Dade a reality. The Millennium Fellowship will help me hone in on my existing skills to enhance the BC Community Project. In doing so, it will help me create long-lasting change in a city with high rates of gentrification and unaffordable housing. I’m excited to be a part of the 2021 cohort to experience real change and advocacy. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: The BC Community Project

The BC Community Project is a project geared towards a housing first model for the chronically homeless using garden igloos or bubble huts. The project has provided community cleanusp to tackle homeless encampent raids instigated by the city of Miami, hygiene drives, book drives, tax relief and know your rights pamphlet.

About the Millennium Fellow

Emelie Jimenez is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Political Science with two certifications in Human Rights and Political Transitions and Middle Eastern Studies at the Florida International University Honors College. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she created the BC Community Project, an organization dedicated to providing the homeless community housing and resources needed to ensure they have food, hygienic products, and information on other organizations in their area. In the span of one academic year her team and she hosted 10 community cleanups to make sure homeless encampment areas are clean throughout COVID-19, hosted three hygiene distributions, and raised over $700 to donate to the community. In addition, through BC she recruited over 33 volunteers that assisted in the creation of these events. In doing so, she solidified BC’s presence in the community and joined several homeless coalitions dedicated to holding elected officials responsible for the encampment raids taking place. As a result of her hard work, Emelie was able to provide those residing on the streets with access to mental health treatment and economic support through community funding and helped supply six tents to community members in Overtown, FL. In addition, this last academic year she served as the president of IGNITE FIU. Previous to transferring to Florida International University, Emelie graduated from Miami Dade College with an A.A. in International Relations.
Prior to her position as the IGNITE Fellow for Miami-Dade, Emelie interned for Centro Emergenica de Mujer and La Defensoria Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente in Cusco, Peru. There, she provided aid to young mothers and children to legally escape domestic and sexual violence by offering resources such as psychological treatment, legal guidance, judicial defense, and information on where to find safe housing with the help of local lawyers. She then utilized her knowledge on gender-based violence in her research on human trafficking and human smuggling laws that govern the Western Hemisphere for the Department of State through her university’s Diplomacy lab. Her experiences sparked her passion in fighting for good governance and ridding societies of gender-based violence.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Emelie is a first-generation Cuban American. Her passion for good governance and human rights led her to pursue her major and seek prosperous opportunities that uplift her and her community.

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